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CONTACT: Mary Anthony

Nov. 19, 2009


Social Activist Angela Davis to Present Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Trinity University


SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University will honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. with a public lecture and participation in a San Antonio march commemorating the slain civil rights leader.  The University’s annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Lecture will feature Angela Davis, social equality activist and author, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity University campus.  The event is free and open to the public. 


Through her activism and her scholarship over the last decades, Ms. Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality. 


Professor Davis has spent the last 15 years at the University of California Santa Cruz, and her teaching career has taken her to UC Berkeley, UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University, among others.  She is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. 


Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.


Trinity has honored the memory of Dr. King, a slain civil rights leader, for decades and launched a speaker series in 1994.  Students affiliated with the Trinity Diversity Connection and members of the Black Student Union, as well as Trinity faculty and staff members, plan to join other residents of San Antonio in the annual MLK Jr. March through the community’s East Side on Monday, Jan. 18.


For more information, contact Trinity’s Office of University Communications at 210-999-8441.





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