Angela Davis Speaks In Newark
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
September 30, 2013
Political activist and Scholar Dr. Angela Davis says though progress has been made in the city of Newark since the riots of the 60’s residents need to unite to keep the city from regressing.
Davis’s work as an activist has made her synonymous with the civil rights movement and an icon of the political and social landscape of the 1960’s and 70’s. Davis spoke this weekend in support of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka, who has been criticized for his radical views. Davis says Newark needs a candidate who will address the critical issues that affect the city and the nation.
“Radical means to grasp things at the root as opposed to at the surface and so I’m here because I also live in city that has serious issues with employment and violence and racism and I know that what happens here is Newark will reverberate.”
Davis says it is important to embrace history in order to make progress, and says she would like to be remembered as a part of a movement and not as an individual.