Legendary activist Angela Davis comes to the VMFA for sold out Africana Film Festival appearance
The Africana Film Festival is presenting its second annual Evening with an iconic member of the Black and LGBTQ community, Angela Davis.
“This event is hosted annually during Black History Month and celebrates the contributions of cultural icons that have helped to shape our social, political, and artistic landscape,” says the Facebook event page.
Evening with an Icon will be held February 24 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) starting at seven in the evening.
This year, the film selected will be an encore screening of the award-winning documentary, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners! directed by Shola Lynch.
“The documentary chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list,” according to IMDB. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners! has been nominated and won several awards such as the 2014 Image Award for Outstanding Documentary.
Following the showing of the film there will be a discussion with The Afrikana Film Festival’s esteemed guest Angela Davis.
Davis is an “author and scholar… prominent counterculture activist and radical,” says the Facebook event page. As a scholar, she rose to prominence from being a young University of California professor in the philosophy department to becoming a Distinguished Professor Emerita (UC Santa Cruz), Distinguished Visiting Professor (Syracuse University) and Regents’ Lecturer (UCLA). As an activist, she co-founded Critical Resistance, an organization poised to challenge the Prison Industrial Complex, or PIC for short.
Davis was also leader of the Communist Party USA (for which she was fired illegally and rehired at UCLA). Her alignment with the Communist Party as well as the Black Panthers in the 1970s painted her in a negative light to the federal government; then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover listed Davis on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List for her connection to guns used in a shooting.
Angela Davis has since left the Communist Party USA and helped to found the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. She has given numerous amounts of lectures as a professor at San Francisco State University, UC Santa Cruz, Rutgers University and Syracuse University and as a guest speaker at many more institutions of higher learning. Her accolades and awards speak to the work and research she has done in her life such as her Blue Planet Award given to her by German organization Ethecon, for her contributions to humanity and the planet.
Davis has also authored several books including If They Come In The Morning: Voices of Resistance, Angela Davis: An Autobiography, Joan Little: The Dialectics of Rape, Women, Race, & Class, Women, Culture, & Politics and Blues Legacies and Black Feminism to name a few.
Her fight against social injustice spans many plights, while she publicly speaks against the marginalization of Black people, women, and LGBTQ communities, she is quoted as saying: “We are facing a common enemy and that enemy is Yankee Imperialism, which is killing us both here and abroad. Now I think anyone who would try to separate those struggles, anyone who would say that in order to consolidate an anti-war movement, we have to leave all of these other outlying issues out of the picture, is playing right into the hands of the enemy,”.
While the event appears to be sold out, lets hope they release more tickets soon.
*Note the general admission price is for all ages.
An icon of intersectionality, Angela Davis’s Afrikana Film Festival appearance was the epitome of ‘Black Girl Magic’
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