Got a tip via the Tip Line saying that activist and two-time vice presidential candidate for the Communist Party Angela Davis will be speaking tonight on the Georgia Southern campus at 7p:
Davis will speak about what the civil rights movement means for 2011, which Consuela Ward, director of Georgia Southern’s Multicultural Student Center, said will add new perspective to Dr. King’s vision for current and future generations.
“I think it will be a great honor for Georgia Southern to host this living legacy,” Ward said. “I am sure Georgia Southern and the Statesboro community will gain invaluable lessons from her rich insight and experience.”
A political activist since the 1970s, Davis has remained entrenched in the struggle for social justice and equality. Through activism and scholarship in the educational and public spheres, she aims to reshape the future for those facing injustice in the realms of economics, race and gender. Professionally, she teaches feminist studies and history of consciousness at the University of California Santa Cruz.
There’s also another speaker that has be re-invited back GSU. Communist terrorist and Obama supporter Bill Ayers will be speaking on Feb. 7th at 7p. He was originally slated to speak back in 2009, but the invitation was rescinded when the university balked at the $13,000 security bill.
Alan Downs, also an associate professor in the history department, said the possibility of controversy over Ayers’ return does not worry him.
“It might create controversy, but I’m not worried about it,” he said. “It’s okay to have controversy. It’s a good thing; it makes people think.”
“It’s okay if people don’t necessarily agree with his distant past. They have the right to do that, but you can’t keep a person from speaking because of that,” said Downs.
Hmm…controversy over his “distant past” that we may not necessarily agree with? You mean a man who was a part of an organization that planted bombs and tried to overthrow the government would cause controversy?! No, surely you jest!!
I wonder how much they’re going to give Mr. Ayers. If I were an alumnus of GSU, I’d certainly be reconsidering the continuance of my donations to them if he was welcomed on campus.