Angela Davis, an American political activist, academic and author will present the keynote address at Southeast Missouri State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner Jan. 29 in the Show Me Center.
The theme for this year’s dinner will be “Women in Action: Pursuing the Dream.”
Dinner tickets are $20 each or $160 for a table of eight and go on sale Nov. 1 at the Southeast Bookstore at 388 N. Henderson, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Doors will open at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29 with the dinner scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. One hundred free dinner tickets for students only will be available in the Center for Student Involvement in the University Center. Additional student tickets are $5 each.
Sponsorships can be purchased online now at https://semo.edu/mlk/dinner/index.html. Platinum level sponsorships are available for $3,000 a table, Gold level sponsorships for $1,500 a table, Silver level sponsorships for $300 per table and Bronze level sponsorships for $250 per table.
For more information, visit https://semo.edu/mlk/dinner/index.html, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 651-2626.
Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University, the Claremont Colleges and Stanford University. Most recently she spent 15 years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary doctoral program – and of Feminist Studies.
Davis is the author of 10 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 ’70s as a person who spent 18 months on trial and in jail after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her recent books include “Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete?,” about the abolition of the prison industrial complex, a new edition of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” and a collection of essays entitled “The Meaning of Freedom.” Her most recent book of essays, called “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement,” was published in February 2016.
Professor Davis is a founding member of 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.
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. 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.