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Vegan civil rights activist Angela Davis to receive award from Birmingham Institute after U-turn


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Civil rights activist Angela Davis WILL now receive an award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.


The academic and author, who is also a vegan, had the award rescinded for criticizing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.


The Institute says it is "learning from its mistakes" after the Board voted to reaffirm Dr. Davis as the recipient.


BCRI President and CEO Andrea L. Taylor said:


"Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded throughout the world as a human rights activist.
"In fact, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study acquired her personal archives in 2018, recognizing her significance in the movement for human rights, her involvement in raising issues of feminism, as well as her leadership in the campaign against mass incarceration.
"Her credentials in championing human rights are noteworthy."

Angela Davis publicly discussed her veganism at an event in California in 2012.


During the discussion—called Grace Lee Boggs in Conversation with Angela Davis, she said:

"How can we not only discover more compassionate relations with human beings but how can we develop compassionate relations with the other creatures with whom we share this planet and that would mean challenging the whole capitalist industrial form of food production.
"Most of people don’t think about the fact they’re eating animals. When they’re eating a steak or eating chicken, most people don’t think about the tremendous suffering that those animals endure simply to become food products to be consumed by human beings."

The 74-year-old has yet to confirm if she will attend a ceremony or collect the award.

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