Alabama civil rights institute rescinds award to ‘political activist’ Angela Davis

Alabama civil rights institute rescinds award to ‘political activist’ Angela Davis
Angela Davis (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Who then will celebrate her membership in the Communist Party, her support three inmates accused of killing a prison guard at Soledad Prison, her arrest on charges of domestic terrorism, and her other many ‘accomplishments’?]

Black activists on Monday called for leadership changes and protests at an Alabama civil rights museum after it rescinded an award for political activist Angela Davis, a move the mayor said followed complaints from the Jewish community.

Speaking outside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, located in the same downtown area where civil rights violence once shocked the nation, organizers told a news conference that Davis, a Birmingham native, was wronged by the decision to rescind the honor.

Davis, a longtime activist who has supported Palestinian rights and criticized Israeli policy, is on a par with civil rights legend Rosa Parks, activist Frank Matthews said.

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“This is the ultimate insult to deny Angela Davis her inheritance,” he said. Museum leaders should quit, he said, and protests will be held. Other speakers called for a boycott.

The institute announced in September that Davis would receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, named for the late minister who once prominently led civil rights demonstrations in the city.

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