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Activist Professor Angela Davis back in North Carolina

Last night at the Duke Family Performing Arts Center on the campus of Davidson College Angela Davis spoke to a capacity crowd about her life as an activist and what that means in today’s world.  Now a Distinguished Professor Emerita at University of California, Santa Cruz, Ms. Davis recalled her days in Wilmington, N.C., her involvement with the Black Panther Party and even her time on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.  Her advocacy for all oppressed people included her support for immigration reform, prison reform and the people of Palestine.  Her style was relaxed as she floated from one subject to another often having to refer back to her notes as she reminisced about her life, from growing up in Birmingham, AL, to the Civil Rights (or Freedom) Movement, and her days in prison.  The audience seemed to ride along with her, sometimes clapping loudly as she recalled certain key figures or events.  The program was part of Davidson College’s Wearn Lecture series and was followed by a reception in the Atrium.