Angela Davis’ Works Will Be Available At Harvard University In 2019
Activist, professor and feminist Angela Davis was a pillar of the Black Power Movement and produced many works as she fought for equality. Her work will now be housed the prestigious Harvard University’s Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library.
“My papers reflect 50 years of involvement in activist and scholarly collaborations seeking to expand the reach of justice in the world,” she said in a statement. “I am very happy that at the Schlesinger Library they will join those of June Jordan, Patricia Williams, Pat Parker, and so many other women who have been advocates of social transformation.”
Photos, essays, letters, books and other documents have been acquired with help from Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. The collection includes a painting of Davis created by a death row inmate, audio from her radio show “Angela Speaks” and a manuscript of her autobiography that was edited by Toni Morrison.
Kenvi Phillips, the library’s first curator for race and ethnicity, met with Davis in 2017 and collected 151 boxes of content from her home, office and storage site.
“Angela Davis has always been a pivotal figure in terms of the development of criminal justice reform activism,” Elizabeth Hinton, an assistant professor of history and of African and African American studies, told the Harvard Gazette. “That will make history come alive for generations of students and hopefully inspire them to pursue social justice goals even after they leave Harvard’s campus.”
After the material is sorted through and digitized, it will be the focus of a series of events in 2019 including an exhibition and a conference about gender, family and mass incarceration.