Angela Davis makes an appearance at SUNY Geneseo for the Heritage Month Speaker Series

A theater is filled with students ignoring smartphones. They are all attentive to one voice.

“It’s never been easier to access information with the computers in your hands,” Angela Davis, the subject of their engagement, said in the spotlight.

A famous activist and author, Davis spoke Friday afternoon at SUNY Geneseo’s Wadsworth Auditorium as part of a Heritage Month lecture series.

Davis emphasized the importance of questioning capitalism, gender norms, and the tendency to prioritize individual activities over the collective goals of society.

“Once we start challenging that, we can challenge a lot of other things,” she said.

Activist and educator Angela Davis speaks at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Nyack on December 1, 2022. Davis spoke in Nyack after a planned speech in the North Rockland school district was canceled due to criticism that she was too radical for the county and its children.

Who is Angela Davis? Activist, author

Davis, a former college professor and scholar, was one of the prominent figures of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s. She was arrested and detained for more than a year in the early 1970s after weapons belonging to him were used in an armed storming of a courtroom in Marin County, California, during which four people were killed.

Across the country, massive support emerged as thousands mobilized to advocate for his release. In February 1971, more than 200 local committees in the United States and 67 abroad mobilized to secure Davis’ freedom.

Davis was released on bail after 16 months in custody and released from the county jail in 1972.

“I started practicing yoga when yoga mats didn’t even exist,” Davis said of his prison sentence.

On June 4, 1972, Davis was found not guilty. She credited her new practices of yoga and veganism – initiated during her time in prison – with an awakening.

“These kinds of practices help us become more connected with the world,” Davis said.

To conclude the moderated discussion Friday, Davis denounced racism and criticized attacks by lawmakers…

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