Angela Davis to speak at Fox Valley MLK event

Angela Davis (Photo courtesy Lawrence University)

Activist Angela Davis is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Fox Valley's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. This year's theme is "Breaking the Chains of Injustice." It is free and open to the public.

Davis, who was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in 1970, was imprisoned for 18 months before eventually being acquitted of her alleged involvement in an incident in which a judge and three other men were killed at a courthouse in California. In the years since, she has called for prisons to be abolished.

The native of Birmingham, Alabama is currently distinguished professor emerita of history of consciousness and feminist studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz.

Meanwhile, event organizers are accepting nominations for two Jane LaChapelle McCarty-MLK Awards: one for a community leader and one for an educator. The community leader award is intended to honor someone who has brought different people in the community together in the spirit of King. The educator award is meant to honor someone who educates in the spirit of King.

Nominations can be emailed to the attention of Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran and Dr. Sabrina Robins at They are limited to two pages and should include contact email addresses and phone numbers of both the nominee and the nominator. The deadline is Jan. 6.

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