Social justice activist Angela Davis will participate in a panel discussion, “Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex,”on Nov. 4, from 6-8 p.m. in Xavier’s Qatar Pavilion. The event is open to the public. The panel will also feature two Prospect 3 photographers, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. Calhoun and McCormick took a series of photographs throughout their lives about wrongful incarceration in Angola State Penitentiary. Additionally, the panel will feature two individuals who were incarcerated. In 1970, Davis was arrested for her suspected involvement in a kidnapping and homicide of a California judge. She went into hiding for months, and became the third woman on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Most Wanted List.” Davis’ conviction spurred uproar across the nation until she was tried and acquitted in 1972. Sarah Clunis, Xavier’s interim director of the African American and Diaspora Studies program, is the lead organizer for the upcoming panel. She said bringing the Civil Rights and social justice icon to Xavier will benefit students. “She is such an important part of social justice for all Americans,” Clunis said. “[Davis] has sacrificed so much of her life writing, incarcerated, hiding, and fighting for us to have the intellectual and philosophical freedoms we have.” The panel is co-sponsored by the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, African American Diaspora Studies, Women’s Studies, Prospect 3 New Orleans, and Loyola University. Xavier has also supplemented the event with Title 3 funding. The panel will stream live from Xavier’s website on Nov. 4th.
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