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Angela Davis Minority Lounge

The multicultural lounge in Markley Hall, rededicated on October 17, 1991, celebrates the renowned and controversial political activist, Angela Davis.  

Angela Davis Minority Lounge is located in Mary Markley Hall.

The Angela Davis Minority Lounge is located on the first floor of Markley Hall near the CLC.

Hours

  • monday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • tuesday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • wednesday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • thursday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • friday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • sunday: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The multicultural lounge in Markley Hall celebrates the renowned and controversial political activist, Angela Davis. Davis was born in Birmingham, AL in 1944. As a child, Davis encountered segregation in almost every facet of her life: housing, school, stores, church, and social life. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Brandeis University, where she was involved in organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Davis earned her graduate degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Davis joined the communist party in 1968, but her political views caused her to lose her first teaching job at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1969. After false charges by the FBI that led to her incarceration, Davis was acquitted in 1972. In the 1980 presidential election, she was the communist party’s vice-presidential candidate. Davis also became a Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and founded Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to dismantling the prison industrial complex.

The Angela Davis Lounge was rededicated on October 17, 1991, and Davis, who was on campus that day delivering a major address, attended the re-dedication ceremony. Davis remains politically active and is a prominent advocate for prisoners’ rights.

Civic Engagement Work

As a teenager, Davis organized interracial study groups, which were broken up by the police. She later moved north and went to Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where she studied philosophy. As a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, in the late 1960s, she joined several groups including the Black Panthers and the all-black branch of the Communist Party, Che-Lumumba Club. Davis came into the public scene in 1969 when she began publicly speaking about her opposition to the Vietnam war, racism, sexism, the prison industrial complex, and her support of gay rights and other social movements.

After Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Davis spoke out about the importance of voting. She acknowledged that Trump did not win the popular vote, and that the result of the election is a reminder that America has a long way to go with prejudices against minority groups. She urged young people to continue their activism during Trump’s presidency.

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