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Angela Davis to Speak at Mills

Kelsey Lindquist

Angela Davis, radical activist, author and scholar, will be speaking at 7pm tonight at the Student Union.

Davis is the keynote speaker for Black History Month presented by Mills College Black Women’s Collective.

She will discuss her new book, Are Prisons Obsolete?, in which “she seeks to illustrate that the time for prison is approaching an end.” Davis argues forthrightly for “decarceration,” and argues for the “transformation of the society as a whole,” according to Seven Stories Press.

When guns registered to Davis were used for
the shooting at the 1970 trial of George Jackson at Marin County’s courthouse, she was placed on the FBI’s most wanted list.

That same year, President Ronald Regan vowed that Davis would never again teach in the University of California system after she was removed from her teaching post at UCLA for her affliliation with the Communist Party.

After her acquittal in 1972, Davis continued her teaching career at Claremont College, San Francisco State University and was an honorary professor at Moscow State University. She also ran for U.S. Vice President on the Communist Party ticket in 1980.

Davis currently teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the History of Consciousness Department.