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February 19, 2013

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

MILLEDGEVILLE — Dr. Angela Davis, a individual who has had a life-long career in fighting issues centered on social justice, imprisonment, and racial and gender inequality, will visit the Georgia College campus next week to start the conversation of diversity and inclusion amongst the university and extended community.

Hosted by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED), the lecture series is part of the Flagg Legacy Social Justice events honoring Rev. Wilkes B. Flagg, a pioneer of social justice in the Milledgeville community.

“Georgia College has a Flagg Legacy Social Justice banquet each year where we bring in a speaker and award the Georgia College community for community social justice work. The Flagg Legacy Social Justice series will hopefully continue and focus on issues with social justice with speakers,” OIED Interim Director Dr. Veronica Womack said. “This year, we will still have the Flagg Legacy Social Justice honored, but we’re beginning the lecture series with Dr. Davis as the first lecture series speaker, which is quite an honor.”

Slated at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Centennial Center, Davis will talk on “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues” at the free public event.

“We will do a lecture Q & A session where people can ask questions and she will also do a book signing,” Womack said. “The university has been having a series of interesting dialogue around issues of diversity and inclusion in particular. In a similar circumstance, she will also be talking about difficult dialogue.”

Davis is the author of nine books and has lectured throughout the country, as well as Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, states a press release. 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.

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