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MLK Tribute

Please join Portland State University to an evening
commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Angela Davis
Living the Legacy: The Meaning of Freedom

6:00 P.M.
Portland State University
Peter Stott Center Gymnasium
930 SW Hall St.

Reserve tickets
FREE to PSU students (one ticket each)
$15 faculty/staff/general public

Tickets are SOLD OUT!!!
The doors will open at 5 p.m. Please arrive early as there will be no late seating for this event.

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This event is presented by the Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion
and the MLK Planning Committee

Please don't forget to save the dates and check out the rest of PSU's MLK Tribute Week Events


Author, Educator and Activist

Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. She spent the last fifteen years at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and of Feminist Studies.

Angela Davis is the author of nine books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” Davis has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her most recent book is The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues.

Davis is a founding member Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex.  Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Like many other educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

More information on Angela Davis!

Check  out books authored, co-authored, or with the writings of Angela Davis at the PSU and Summit Libraries:

  • If They Come in the Morning (1971), author
  • Women, Race, and Class (1983), author
  • Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Challenge of Racism (1987), author
  • Angela Davis: An Autobiography (1988), author
  • Women, Culture, and Politics (1990), author
  • Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday (1998), author
  • The Angela Y. Davis Reader (1998), edited by Joy James
  • Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003), author
  • Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture (2005), author
  • Beyond the Frame: Women of Color and Visual Representation (2005), edited by Neferti X. M. Tadiar with a chapter authored by Davis
  • The Meaning of Freedom (2012), author

Videos featuring Angela Davis: