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Civil rights activist to speak on campus

Angela Davis, a political icon from the 1970s, will be speaking on the St. Cloud State University campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall. During the presentation, "Feminist Change: A New Era," Davis will be discussing her life as a writer, scholar and activist. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Davis became known in the early 1970s when she was removed from her teaching position at the University of California-Los Angeles due to her social activism, her membership in the Communist Party USA, and her association with the Black Panthers. Once on the FBI's Most-Wanted list, she was later arrested for her alleged assistance in an attempted escape of the Soledad brothers and George Jackson from the courthouse prior to their trials. She was tried and acquitted in 1972 and became an advocate for feminist causes, racial equality and the abolition of prisons and the death penalty. Davis is now a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California-Santa Cruz and the author of five books, including 2003's "Are Prisons Obsolete?" She also serves as the University of California presidential chair in African American and Feminist Studies. Davis' presentation is part of St. Cloud State's celebration of Black History Month, arranged by 14 campus departments and organizations.