As our much-anticipated Peace Ball: Voice of Hope and Resistance inches closer, we thought it would be wise to spotlight some of our esteemed speakers to give some of y’all a better idea of their magnitude and general awesomeness.

adavisToday we are shining light on noted activist, educator, central figure in the US Black Panther movement and “one of the world’s leading philosophers on freedom,” Angela Davis.  Dr. Davis is a fierce advocate for immigration reform and dismantling neoliberalist discourse of “color blindedness,” which asserts that in order for equality to be achieved, the law and individuals have to become blind to race. Dr. Davis argues that this strategy fails to understand the complexity of racism, the “economic, social, and ideological work of racism” and the institutions that support it.

Clip of Angela Davis speaking at UC Davis

Several copies of Dr. Davis’s latest book, The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues will be available at the Peace Ball, as well as the chance to get an autographed copy.  In “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues,” Dr. Davis continues her life-long commitment to critically analyzing the prison-industrial complex, and the deep structural racism of the criminal justice system.  The book is comprised of twelve of her speeches on the intersectionality of race, gender, class, sexual orientation and the ongoing struggle for social justice.

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We are thrilled and honored to have Dr. Davis grace the stage and look forward to hearing her fierce words and witnessing her inspiring spirit at the Peace Ball: Voices for Hope and Resistance at Arena Stage on January 20, 2013.  Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.

Hope to see you at the Peace Ball!





Busboys and Poets – Baltimore

You may have noticed the new mural being installed on the windows of the new Busboys and Poets location Charles Village – 3224 St Paul Street Baltimore, MD This mural is titled: The Busboy and the Poet by Mia Duvall The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a … Continued

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Everest Base Camp #20

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The Nepal Chronicles #1

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Community Resources for COVID-19

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Busboys and Poets Books Review: Love Poems

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In Love Poems, Nikki Giovanni gives an empowered edge to the topics of sexuality, intimacy and what it means to love. Published in 1997, the collection’s poems span thirty years of her career as a writer. We hear Giovanni through many lenses: as a young woman, as an activist striving for change, as a lover, … Continued

August Five Favorites

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With the recent HBO series and our country’s current administration, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (Anchor Books, $15.95) is more relevant than ever. – Aliza

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Everest Base Camp #16

Holy tea on top of the mountain I am awake and somewhat refreshed and ready to take on today’s challenge. Big climbs don’t stress me out. Not anymore. I have a new menace. Lack of oxygen. Today this menace will be tested. On the way to Dengboche. At 14,500 feet. I am sitting with Dawa … Continued