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Online Event 'An Audience with Angela Davis'

03 Sep 2020

The Stuart Hall Foundation is delighted to welcome world-famous author and activist Angela Davis for ‘An Audience with Angela Davis’, an online event hosted in partnership with Southbank Centre on Thursday 17th September 2020.

From the civil rights movement of the 1960s to the present, Angela Davis has been an important figure in the historical struggles of our times. Through her scholarship and organising, Davis has been a living witness to the shifting frontiers of social justice and is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on women, race and class. 

In the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the upcoming US election, Angela Davis will deliver a keynote speech reflecting on what led us to this historic chapter in our history and what might come next. Davis will be in conversation with lecturer and author Dr Brett St Louis about the political scene in the US heading into the upcoming election and the ongoing struggle for economic, racial and gender justice. Davis and St Louis will then respond to questions submitted by the general public in advance of the event. 

Gilane Tawadros, Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation says: "The Stuart Hall Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with the Southbank Centre to present an evening with SHF Patron and Civil Rights campaigner Angela Davis at a pivotal moment in the US and UK and in the wake of both Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests worldwide. As Angela so poignantly said, now is the time to 'give expression to ideas about what we can do next'."

‘An Audience with Angela Davis’ marks a highlight in the Stuart Hall Foundation’s new public programme that includes our recent #reconstructionwork online conversations between Gary Younge and Lola Olufemi, and David Lammy and Amina Gichinga, and continues with Catherine Hall and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse in conversation on Friday 4th September. The Stuart Hall Foundation’s new dynamic digital programme #reconstructionwork launched in June this year and brings together writers, artists and activists, for a series of intergenerational conversations considering how we can build a better society and culture, connecting education, culture and politics, as Stuart Hall did. 

The event will also be the inaugural event for Southbank Centre’s new Inside Out series as part of their Autumn season of events. Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, said: “After five months of closure, we’re honoured to have Angela Davis open the Southbank Centre’s autumn digital event series ‘Inside Out’. Who better to address this tumultuous time than Angela Davis, whose singular perspective on generations of struggle and profound insight make her a vital touchstone at this defining moment in our history. We are particularly thrilled that Angela Davis will appear in the series alongside a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, Alicia Garza. The Southbank Centre is delighted to be working with the Stuart Hall Foundation, who bring deep cultural knowledge and longstanding commitment to opening up public debate.”  

Tickets for ‘An Audience with Angela Davis’ will be on sale to Southbank Centre members from 10am, Friday 4thSeptember 2020, and then to general public from 10am, Monday 7th September 2020, available from the Southbank Centre website, where you can also find details of how to take part in the audience Q&A.