Author, lecturer, educator and social justice advocate Angela Davis will share her sometimes controversial perspective in Statesboro at a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The speaking event is set for 7:30 p.m., Thursday inside the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern. It is free and open to the public.
Davis will speak about what the civil rights movement means for 2011, which Consuela Ward, director of Georgia Southern's Multicultural Student Center, said will add new perspective to Dr. King's vision for current and future generations.
"I think it will be a great honor for Georgia Southern to host this living legacy," Ward said. "I am sure Georgia Southern and the Statesboro community will gain invaluable lessons from her rich insight and experience."
A political activist and controversial figure since the 1960s, Davis said she remains entrenched in the struggle for social justice and equality.
She was a member of the American Communist party in the 1960s, and she was put on the FBI's Most Wanted list in August 1970 following the abduction and murder of a California Superior Court judge. A warrant charged Davis as an accomplice to conspiracy, kidnapping and homicide after it was determined the guns used in the judge's killing were purchased by her. She was captured two months later and she was found not guilty in a 1972 trial.
Davis remained a controversial figure, running as the vice presidential candidate in the 1980 and 1984 elections for the Communist Party.
Through activism and scholarship in the educational and public spheres, she said she aims to reshape the future for those facing injustice in economics, race and gender. Professionally, she teaches feminist studies and history of consciousness at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Co-sponsored by the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the Multicultural Student Center, the event is free and open to the public and serves to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Ward said she hopes Davis's lecture will advance the center's mission to create a comprehensive college experience which encourages social responsibility, student learning, and personal well-being obtained through cultural opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.