Angela Davis on Black liberation and Palestinian solidarity

15 Jun

VIDEO: Democracy Now!, 14 June 2020

Last year, legendary Black liberation activist and scholar Angela Davis was awarded the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Shortly after the announcement, the Institute rescinded the award after facing backlash for Davis’s support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and advocacy for Palestinian human rights. The decision was again reversed after an uproar from the Black community, and Davis will receive the award later this month in a virtual ceremony.

Davis says this is a “teachable moment” speaking to the importance of international solidarity and the crucial links between Black liberation and Palestinian liberation. “There has been this very important connection between the two struggles for many decades,” says Davis. “I am hoping that today’s young activists recognize how important Palestinian solidarity has been to the Black cause and that they recognize we have a profound responsibility to support Palestinian struggles as well.” Watch the full interview with Angela Davis:

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