Angela Davis is an internationally renowned human rights advocate and has given lectures on achieving social change to audiences across the globe. She challenges people to think critically about the world we live in and to come together to forge a 21st century abolitionist movement. And it's not just talk—Davis draws from her own unique experiences and the material in her books to drive the message home. Spending a year and a half in the prison system herself, she's become an advocate for fighting judicial system inequalities and finding new and viable solutions. In her books, Abolition Democracy, Are Prisons Obsolete?, and her forthcoming Prisons and American History, Davis questions the effectiveness of a world where we lock citizens behind bars. In her writing and her public lectures, Davis dares to ask tough questions about our justice system in order to push for a world that is not only safe to live in, but also puts freedom at the forefront. The lessons she presents are not only relevant for discussions during Black History Month, but for all of us, any time.
Minnijean Brown Trickey recently received a standing ovation when she walked through the doors of Carlmont High School in California to deliver a speech. That reaction is a much different one than the civil rights legend received when she walked into the school in 1957—as one of only nine black students integrating into all all-white school. As a living witness to history―and as an active participant who has helped shape it―she delivers a fascinating exploration of social change, diversity, and the battle against racism throughout the decades, from the beginnings of her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement to the present day. Unerringly hopeful, but realistic, she is a stately speaker who helps today's students understand both how far we have come and how far we still have to go in the battle for freedom and equality.
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