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.

angela davis

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 Books Interview: E. Ethelbert Miller

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Proud to announce that after working with the Accessibility Assurance Department at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, the Busboys and Poets website scored a 92% accessibility compliance against WCAG 2.0 level AA. This means that individuals who require alternative access to printed digital content will have comparable access and use of the website as do … Continued