Civil rights icon won’t be honored by civil rights group because she supports civil rights

Angela Davis
Davis at the University of Alberta, Mar 28, 2006. (photo: Nick Wiebe / Wikipedia)
Many unanswered questions about the withdrawal of human rights award to Angela Davis.

By Alex Bollinger | LGBTQ Nation | Jan 8, 2019

Local activist Sophie Ellman-Golan said that it’s unlikely that Jewish people in Alabama forced the decision to rescind . . .

A civil rights institute is rescinding an award it was going to give to Angela Davis, possibly because of her criticisms of human rights violations in Israel.

In September, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) announced that it would give its Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award to Davis at its gala this February. That award is its highest honor and it would have been the center of the yearly event.

Davis seemed like a logical choice for the award. Not only is she one of the most prominent human rights activists in the United States — advocating for decades for the rights of Black people, workers, women, LGBTQ people, Muslims, and immigrants — and she was a member of the Black Panther party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Communist Party, but she’s also originally from Birmingham, Alabama.

But last week the BCRI posted a statement on its website saying that it was rescinding the honor. Without naming a reason, the BCRI said that it did a “closer examination” of Davis’s work and that the rescission was “necessary.”

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