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February 19, 2013

GC hosts discussion of social justice issues with Dr. Angela Davis

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

“We’re very excited about Dr. Davis coming to Georgia College. She is an international figure with a wealth of information about social justice issues, internationally as well as domestically,” Womack said. “She’s also a first-made scholar and she is not only noted for her social justice work, but her scholastic work as well. It’s remarkable we were able to have her come.”

In recent years, a persistent theme of her work has been in 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 in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”

“She embodies the need for people to get behind their beliefs and put those beliefs into action. When we look at issues of economic and equality, or racial and gender inequality, she has worked decades in those areas. She has been all over the world lecturing on issues of social justice and she has paid the ultimate price for that with time spent incarcerated,” Womack said. “Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, how she’s lived her life and her work embodies the American spirit of individualism and social consciousness.”

The OIED, Arts Unlimited, Campus Life and the African American Male Initiative are sponsors of this event.

For more information about the lecture series, or to register for the event, call 478-445-4233 or visit www.gcsu.edu/equity/flagglecture.

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