Democracy Now Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked

Angela Davis speaks to Democracy Now in the first interview since her Birmingham Civil Rights Award was rescinded.

Activist and scholar Angela Davis is articulate and compelling as she speaks with Amy Goodman about injustice in Palestine and the injustice of those groups trying to shut down dialogue. She is gratified that the outcome of her controversial loss of the Shuttlesworth Award includes a robust conversation about justice for Palestinians; she also notes the fact that many groups, including some Jewish groups, support her.  

from Democracy Now!

In a Democracy Now! exclusive, legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights.

In September, the institute announced that it would award Davis the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, named after the civil rights icon.

But last Friday, the institute voted to withdraw the award and cancel this year’s gala event.

The institute rescinded the award days after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center sent a letter urging the board to reconsider honoring Davis due to her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Others in the Birmingham area criticized Davis for her support for the Black Panthers and Communist Party.

Amy Goodman speaks with Angela Davis in her first television interview since the controversy began.

A transcript of the interview is available here.


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