Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Reverses Course, Again, on Angela Davis Honor
Angela Davis has been re-offered an award by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute after the museum rescinded its decision to honor the activist. Earlier this month, the Institute decided to revoke an award from Davis after the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center drafted a letter to the board of the institute lambasting Davis for her support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) -- a global campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel until it ends what activists call an oppression of Palestinians. After an uproar, the civil rights museum on Friday released a statement announcing that it was, once again, reversing its decision to honor Davis with its 2018 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. “Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded throughout the world as a human rights activist,” the museum said in the statement. It also cited Davis’ “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.” Davis, who turned 75 over the weekend, has fought for civil rights for decades. She was an active member of the Black Panther Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Communist Party USA. In a January 14th public apology issued by the museum, they said there should have been more conversation with diverse points of view before making the decision to withdraw the honor. More here.