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Activist Angela Davis to deliver keynote address at IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. dinner



INDIANAPOLIS — Political activist, scholar, author and educator Angela Y. Davis will deliver the keynote address during the 2016 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis dinner honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Organized by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement, the annual IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, now in its 47th year, will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis.

Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita in both the History of Consciousness Department and the Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will continue the King Dinner legacy of addressing civil-rights issues of equality, freedom, justice and opportunity. The theme for this year’s dinner is “A Time to Break the Silence.”

Professor Davis’ extensive research has focused on race, gender and mass incarceration. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of eight books, including the new edition of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” “The Meaning of Freedom,” ”Abolition Democracy” and “Are Prisons Obsolete?”

Davis is also a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison system. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an Australia-based organization that works for solidarity with women in prison. For 25 years, she has lectured across the United States to urge her audiences to think seriously about the possibility of a world without prisons.

Tickets for the King Dinner, on sale now through Dec. 23, are available in the Office of Student Involvement, located in Suite 370 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Tickets are $25 for IUPUI students; $65 for IUPUI faculty, staff and alumni; and $75 for community guests.

To purchase tickets, please contact or complete the Ticket Reservation form online and return the form with payment (cash or check only) to the following address:

2016 King Dinner Committee
420 University Blvd, Suite 370
Indianapolis, IN 46202

For questions, email or call the Office of Student Involvement at 317-274-3931.