Angela Davis – activist, educator, author, former FBI Most Wanted fugitive, and former Vice Presidential candidate – will remotely deliver the keynote address at Oregon State University’s 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration on Jan. 18, 2021. Admission is free, but anyone wishing to attend must register in advance. The audience is requested to tune into the event between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Charlene Alexander, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at OSU, told OSU Newsroom, “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 has always emphasized the importance of building communities to support the struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.
“We are excited to be able to learn about the ways that she has built communities of support in her distinguished career. Building communities of support is central to OSU’s ‘We Have Work To Do’ campaign, which recognizes strides we have made to advance diversity while acknowledging there is much to be done.”
Professor Davis is no stranger to a university venue, having taught at six of the most prestigious institutions in the country – including a long stint at Rutgers University, once infamous for the extreme racist views of many Rutgers alumni. Davis has also authored ten books and has been a sought-after speaker around the world.
Davis is mainly known for her political activism, which in her youth resulted in her becoming a fugitive from the law spending 18 months in jail awaiting trial and on trial. Her experience of imprisonment inspired her to work for prison reform, in addition to opposing racism and sexism, and advocating for better working conditions and the political empowerment of the poor.