Angela Davis -- a radical activist with past associations to the Black Panther Party and the Communist Party USA -- will sign books and speak at Seattle University on October 17, according to the University's website, despite her support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage, the Cardinal Newman Society website reports today (September 18, 2013).
The Center for the Study of Justice in Society at Seattle University -- a Jesuit Catholic school in Washington state -- will also host the screening of a sympathetic documentary film about Davis at the nearby Northwest African American Museum on October 13. "Help us commemorate the anniversary of the arrest of Angela Davis on October 13, 1970," states the Jesuit university's invitation to view the film, "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners."
Davis -- who graduated from extremely liberal Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1965 -- was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List after she went on the run following the kidnapping and murder of a judge in California. The judge was killed with a gun allegedly purchased by Davis. She was acquitted of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy. After her release from prison, Davis traveled to the communist Soviet Union and received the Lenin Peace Prize in 1979.
Davis reportedly said, "The only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class."