Invite famed Civil Rights Activist Angela Davis as the 2019 UCLA Commencement Speaker!
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UCLA will be celebrating 100 years since it's founding in 2019. For the graduates of the Class of 2019, Commencement is not only a celebration of our time here but also a statement of what our school represents. A lot has happened in 100 years of history. One of the landmark events during this time that captured headlines across the US was Dr. Angela Davis giving her first lecture at UCLA's Royce Hall to a large and supportive crowd. This lecture took place on October 1969, 50 years in 2019. In a serious challenge to academic freedom, the UC Board of Regents was pressured by then Governor Ronald Reagan to fire Dr. Davis because of her political views before she even taught. She was able to lecture that academic year but was eventually fired. Ronald Reagan famously said that she would never teach at a California school again. Dr. Davis proved him wrong.
Angela Davis is an esteemed intellectual, activist, and writer. She has written several books and has dedicated her life to fighting for disempowered and marginalized communities. She was most recently featured in Ava DuVernay's documentary, "13th". She has had a prolific academic career lecturing at some of the most prestigious universities in all 50 states, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Dr. Davis is now Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
It would make a deep statement about how much history has advanced since 1919, as well as since her first lecture at UCLA in 1969. It is necessary to make the powerful statement that we will embrace our diversity and extend the conversation as UCLA looks towards a new century in its' history. She embodies the True Bruin values of respect, accountability, integrity, service and excellence. It would be a great opportunity to have Dr. Davis back at UCLA to celebrate what she calls a milestone in her life. #PoeticJustice #50Years
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