Angela Davis is scheduled to be inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame on its 100th anniversary in September in New York City.
The honor for Davis comes after the Birmingham, Alabama-based Civil Rights Institute rescinded an invitation to her for it’s annual February gala after a Jewish group objected to her support of Palestinians. Davis was scheduled to receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.
After an angry outcry embarrassed members of the Civil Rights Institute, they reversed their decision and honored Davis.
Davis will be one of 10 prominent women inducted into the Hall of Fame for their achievements. The others include: Attorney/activist Gloria Allred, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Native American lawyer; professor Sarah Deer, actres and activist Jane Fonda, United State Air Force officer Nicole Malachowski, former Congresswoman Laurie Spiegel, biologist Flossie Wong-Staal, and artist/activist Rose O’ Neill.
Judges selected the 2019 inductees based on their contributions through American society in the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy, and science.
Davis, who is 74, was born in Birmingham on June 26, 1944.
She is the author of 10 books, including Abolition Democracy, Are Prisons Obsolete?, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and a collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom. Her most recent book of essays, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement.
After 15 years, Davis retired as a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also served 18 months in prison for assisting in the Soledad Brothers’ 1971 escape from San Quentin Prison, but a jury acquitted her of all charges in 1972.
Davis was a member of the Black Panther Party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and she supported Palestinian prisoners.