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 ANGELA DAVIS REOFFERED AWARD BY BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE  
[https://portside.org/2019-01-26/angela-davis-reoffered-award-birmingham-civil-rights-institute]


 

 Kimberley Richards 
 January 25, 2019
Huffington Post
[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/angela-davis-birmingham-civil-rights-award_us_5c4b50fbe4b0287e5b8a59f8]


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 _ The institute sparked outrage after it rescinded an award to the
longtime civil rights activist, with speculation it was due to her
activism for Palestinian rights. _ 

 , Jonece Starr Dunigan [log in to unmask] 

 

Angela Davis has been reoffered an award from an Alabama civil rights
museum after it sparked controversy for rescinding the honor this
month. 

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute released a statement on Friday
announcing its decision to reaffirm Davis as the recipient of its 2018
Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award
[https://www.bcri.org/fred-l-shuttlesworth-human-rights-award-criteria/].

Davis was personally invited to accept the award, the institute said,
adding that it “respects her privacy and timing in whatever her
response may ultimately be.” 

In keeping with its commitment to learning from its mistakes and in
order to stay true to the BCRI’s mission, the Board of Directors has
voted to reaffirm Dr. Angela Y. Davis as the recipient of the 2018
Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. https://t.co/LHOdEYyhFS
[https://t.co/LHOdEYyhFS] pic.twitter.com/5QdL3BWFkF
[https://t.co/5QdL3BWFkF]

— BCRI (@bhamcivilrights) January 25, 2019
[https://twitter.com/bhamcivilrights/status/1088823618811904003?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]

“Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded
throughout the world as a human rights activist,” BCRI President and
CEO Andrea L. Taylor said
[https://www.bcri.org/shuttlesworthawardupdate/] in the statement,
citing 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.” 

The institute announced in September that Davis would receive the
award, after a board meeting on Sept. 18
[https://www.bcri.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Chronology.pdf]. 

In early January the BCRI announced that it was canceling a gala
planned for February and rescinding the honor for Davis, saying she
“unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria on which the award
is based,” The Associated Press reported
[https://www.apnews.com/554b043e7fc346e3afda18ea5c86c14a]. 

In an interview with Democracy Now
[https://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/25/breaking_birmingham_civil_rights_institute_reaffirms] this
month, Davis, a scholar and civil rights icon
[https://www.biography.com/people/angela-davis-9267589] born in
then-segregated Birmingham, said the reasons behind the decision were
not initially made clear to her. 

“When I made requests to them to offer me more substantive reasons
for the rescission of the award, I was met with very abstract
responses,” she said.

While others are working to diminish Angela Davis’ lifelong work for
human rights because of her commitment to justice for Palestinians,
we’re taking out an ad in the Birmingham News to honor her and show
JVP’s support and solidarity. pic.twitter.com/H85yFfXq9n
[https://t.co/H85yFfXq9n]

— JewishVoiceForPeace (@jvplive) January 25, 2019
[https://twitter.com/jvplive/status/1088815026528550912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]

Davis released a statement this month indicating that she later
learned her “long-term support of justice
[https://www.facebook.com/notes/angela-davis/statement-on-the-birmingham-civil-rights-institute/10156813038449788/] for
Palestine was at issue.” 

  

The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center reportedly sent a letter to
the institute on Jan. 2 asking its board to reconsider honoring her,
because of her support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions
[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/bds-movement] movement,
according to AL.com
[https://www.al.com/news/2019/01/birmingham-holocaust-center-asked-bcri-to-reconsider-davis-honor-yet-happy-to-meet-activist.html].

BCRI’s statement noted that the board “began receiving messages of
concern from various segments in the Birmingham Community” strongly
opposing Davis’ “views on a variety of issues.” 

The statement did not provide details on the nature or source of the
complaints. 

The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s letter to the institute,
obtained by AL.com, expressed “concern and disappointment” over
the decision to honor Davis. 

Neither organization immediately responded to requests for comment. 

The decision to rescind the award sparked outrage on social media
[https://twitter.com/marclamonthill/status/1082243739228270593] and
condemnation from organizers and other groups, including the social
justice organization Jewish Voice for Peace, which launched a
petition in support
[https://secure.everyaction.com/c0YRI_GdQEWHIyKnEKxalg2?emci=66e44006-6014-e911-9f2a-281878391efb&emdi=836d9c06-e014-e911-9f2a-281878391efb&ceid=229978&contactdata=hLb1iiDYK82etHpJ%2b9vbmzG7wdbRpBaJU%2b1oHCNDjZn5NUD%2f0i4RHLrFPOTAamikkPxcmO%2fzDq73VqgmTFQaR%2f867dnoThmmu7qpVeD4yKLY9i2hgX9T4cLRhDUlGLeVS5Nw49BjjIBC4yXnJvy4Ig%3d%3d?ms=link_350-academics-stand-with-angela-davis]
of Davis this month. 

“The decision seems to stem from a misinformed view that to advocate
for Palestinian human rights is somehow offensive to the Jewish
community,” the petition read. 

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released a statement
[https://www.birminghamal.gov/2019/01/06/mayor-randall-woodfins-statement-on-the-birmingham-civil-rights-institute-and-dr-angela-davis/]
saying he was “dismayed” by the institute’s decision to rescind
the award. 

The BCRI said its board voted 9-2 on Jan. 4 to rescind the award
“based on new input from the community.” The board issued an
apology on Jan. 14.  

“Immediately after that public apology, in keeping with its
commitment to learning from its mistakes and in order to stay true to
the BCRI’s founding mission, the Board voted to reaffirm Dr. Davis
as the recipient,” the BCRI said in a statement. 

The annual award pays tribute to the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth
[https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/us/rev-fred-l-shuttlesworth-civil-rights-leader-dies-at-89.html],
a civil rights activist who died in 2011 at 89. 

Kimberley Richards
[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/kimberley-richards] 

Trends Reporter, HuffPost 

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