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celebration dinner

Women in Action: Pursuing the Dream

Freeman Hrabowski portrait

Angela Davis
Author, Educator, Social Justice Advocate, and Co-founder of Critical Resistance
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
5 p.m., Show Me Center

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary Ph.D program – and of Feminist Studies.

Angela Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her recent books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? about the abolition of the prison industrial complex, a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and a collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom. Her most recent book of essays, called Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, was published in February 2016.

Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Like many educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

Celebration Dinner Sponsorship Information

  • Platinum Level Sponsorship = $3,000 per table
    Entitles your organization to recognition at the dinner, eight passes to the VIP Reception with the speaker and eight dinner tickets.
  • Gold Level Sponsorship = $1,500 per table
    Entitles your organization to recognition at the dinner, four passes to the VIP reception with the speaker and eight dinner tickets.
  • Silver Level Sponsorship = $300 per table
    Entitles your organization to recognition at the dinner and eight dinner tickets.
  • Bronze Level Sponsorship = $250 per table
    Entitles your organization to recognition at the dinner and enables eight high school and community students to attend the dinner.*

* Purchase of a Bronze sponsorship provides tickets for high school and community student use only.  If you are purchasing tickets for your organization, the Silver Sponsorship or higher is recommended.

For more information please contact the MLK Committee at (573) 651-2626 or


Thank you for your interest in MLK Celebration Dinner.  The event is currently sold out.

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Ticket Information

Individual dinner tables and tickets are available for purchase in the bookstore. Individual dinner tables are $160 and tickets are $20 each. Free individual student tickets will be available for pick up at the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) on the 2nd floor of the University Center while supplies last. Additional student tickets will be $5 each.
For more information please contact Harman Malhi at (573) 651-2626 or


Academic Hall Room 010-011
MLK Celebration
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701