On this week’s From The Vault, we present a February 23, 2015 conversation between Professor Angela Davis and the University of Southern California’s Dr. Michele Turner at an event entitled Angela Davis: A Lifetime of Revolution.
February 23 is an important date. On this day in 1968 W.E.B Dubois’ was born. It’s also the day in 1972 a humble dairy farmer from Fresno California put up his farm so that Angela Davis could make bail on three felony charges that a jury would eventually return a not guilty verdict. and on this day in 2015, The University of Southern California s Black Student Assembly and Speakers Committee together with a litany of USC group cosponsors hosted American political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis.
A full house of 1500 students and educators gathered in USC’s Bovard Auditorium to listen to Professor Davis trace her experiences growing up in Alabama, packing her bags to find Freedom outside the South, and realizing this was a much bigger issue than Geography.
Dr. Michele Turner guides the conversation to address many of the important moments in Angela Davis s life including her childhood, her early days teaching at UCLA, her arrest in the early 1970 s, the Free Angela Davis Campaign, and her current work illuminating root causes of the Prison Industrial Complex which disproportionately incarcerates men and women of color.
But first we will listen to quick montage of recordings that Pacifica Radio Recorded of Angela Davis from 1969 to The Wall Street Occupy Movement in 2011.