Activist, author Angela Davis to keynote Kennesaw State’s MLK tribute

Noted scholar, author and veteran Civil Rights activist Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address Jan. 18 at Kennesaw State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance.

Davis, is the Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught for 15 years. Davis has written nine books, and is a scholar on issues related to race, gender and imprisonment.

Her most recent book, “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues,” draws upon her experiences in the early 1970s when she spent 18 months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for her alleged role in a California courthouse killing, a crime for which she was acquitted in 1972. Davis will sign copies of the book after the event.

The MLK observance, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Kennesaw State African-American Student Alliance. The tribute begins at 6 p.m. in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performing Arts Center, 488 Prillaman Way.

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