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Former Black Panther activist to speak on issues of race, justice

Submitted by Hillary Perkins on October 18, 2012 – 2:38 pmNo Comment


Civil Rights icon Angela Davis will be speaking at UALR at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the University Theater.

Davis is an author, activist and professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her lecture is titled “Race and Justice: The Consequences of Mass Incarceration.” This lecture is based on racial issues and the prison system. In the early 1970s, Davis spent 18 months in jail and was placed on the FBI’s most wanted list for murder and kidnapping, but she was later found innocent.

The lecture is sponsored by UALR’s William G. Cooper, Jr. Honors Program in English along with the Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

“It makes sense to have her [Angela Davis] here in conjunction to the Black Women’s Activism course,” said Dr. Trey Philpotts, chairperson of the English department.

Laura Barrio-Vilar is the assistant professor of ethnic literature in the English department. Barrio-Vilar’s “Black Women’s Activism and Literature” seminar was the inspiration of the Davis lecture.

“My hope is that it will be inspirational for everyone and that it will generate a dialogue about racial inequalities in the prison industrial complex,” Barrio-Vilar said.

Adoja Aiyetoro is the inaugural director of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Aiyetoro teaches Introduction to Race and Ethnicity at UALR as well as Critical Race Theory at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

Tamisha Cheatham is project coordinator of the Institute of Race and Ethnicity. Cheatham works with Donna Shelton and Adoja Aiycero to make sure the projects within the institute are completed.

There will also be a book signing followed by lecture. For more information, contact the Institute on Race and Ethnicity by phone at 501-569-8932 or email at


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