Title

Angela Davis: a Voice to Remember

Date

5-31-2018 3:15 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 3:30 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Session Chair

Dana Schowalter

Session Chair

Eimly Plec

Session Title

Communication Studies

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Emily Plec

Abstract

Angela Davis has a rich history in the social reform of America. In this paper, I describe Davis’s background as a political prisoner and how that experience influenced her activism. The speech I analyzed titled "The Prison-Industrial Complex" (1997) highlights the profitability of prison’s essential slave labor and the race-specific unjust treatment of those incarcerated. I argue that her speech was most effective because it persuades the audience about the need for civic engagement to assist with the social and political reform of the prison system in the United States through her use of narratives, artistic proofs, and localizing the issues she brings forth. This paper connects her difficult past as a black feminist Marxist in a deeply prejudiced society to her academic works as a scholar. Keywords: activism, rhetoric, Angela Davis, prison-industrial complex, racism

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May 31st, 3:15 PM May 31st, 3:30 PM

Angela Davis: a Voice to Remember

WUC Calapooia Room

Angela Davis has a rich history in the social reform of America. In this paper, I describe Davis’s background as a political prisoner and how that experience influenced her activism. The speech I analyzed titled "The Prison-Industrial Complex" (1997) highlights the profitability of prison’s essential slave labor and the race-specific unjust treatment of those incarcerated. I argue that her speech was most effective because it persuades the audience about the need for civic engagement to assist with the social and political reform of the prison system in the United States through her use of narratives, artistic proofs, and localizing the issues she brings forth. This paper connects her difficult past as a black feminist Marxist in a deeply prejudiced society to her academic works as a scholar. Keywords: activism, rhetoric, Angela Davis, prison-industrial complex, racism