After deciding to withdraw an award honoring Angela Davis, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute board has as soon as once more reversed its resolution and voted to provide the activist and former Black Panther Party its Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.
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The institute had beforehand stated that it might be honoring Davis throughout a ceremony within the museum’s gala subsequent month. But after receiving backlash from the town’s Jewish neighborhood, the institute rescinded its providing to the Birmingham native.
Now, the institute has supplied a brand new assertion on why it has to determined to honor Davis in spite of everything in line with AL.com:
“Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded throughout the world as a human rights activist. In fact, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study acquired her personal archives in 2018, recognizing her significance in the movement for human rights, her involvement in raising issues of feminism, as well as her leadership in the campaign against mass incarceration. Her credentials in championing human rights are noteworthy.”
Davis’ assist for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions motion, which is attempting to rectify Israel’s therapy of Palestinians, is what initially incited the outcry towards her honoring. As the Root notes, shortly after her honoring was introduced, Southern Jewish Life journal printed an article commenting on Davis’ views.
“…Davis has also been an outspoken voice in the boycott-Israel movement, and advocates extensively on college campuses for the isolation of the Jewish state, saying Israel engages in ethnic cleansing and is connected to police violence against African-Americans in the United States,” the article reads.
Davis has but to answer the institute’s invitation.