This week on From the Vault we present a conversation between Professor Angela Davis and the University of Southern California's Dr. Michele Turner at an event entitled Angela Davis: A Lifetime of Revolution.
On Monday February 23rd, 2015, the University of Southern California's Black Student Assembly and Speakers Committee, together with a litany of USC group cosponsors, hosted American political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis. A full house of 1500 students and educators gathered in USC's Bovard Auditorium to listen to Professor Davis trace her experiences growing up in Alabama and her quest to find freedom outside the South. Dr. Michele Turner guides the conversation to address many of the important moments in Davis's life including her childhood, her early days teaching at UCLA, her arrest in the early 1970's, the Free Angela Davis Campaign, and her current work illuminating root causes of the Prison Industrial Complex - which Davis argues disproportionately incarcerates men and women of color. Before we hear this conversation, though, we'll listen to a montage of recordings broadcast on Pacifica Radio of Angela Davis, spanning from 1969 to the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011.
From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.