Angela Davis honor: professor ‘does not meet all criteria’.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama has come under fire after it rescinded a decision to honor the activist and academic Angela Davis.
Davis, a Birmingham native, has spent decades fighting for civil rights. She was an active member of the Black Panther party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the US communist party. She is now an outspoken supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that protests Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. It is this ideological affinity that appears to have inspired the revocation of the BCRI honor.
BCRI president and chief executive Andrea Taylor said in October the institute would be “thrilled to bestow this honor” on Davis, who she said was “one of the most globally recognized champions of human rights, giving voice to those who are powerless to speak”.
But on Saturday the BCRI announced that in late December, “supporters and other concerned individuals and organizations, both inside and outside of our local community, began to make requests that we reconsider our decision”.
Its statement added that “upon closer examination of Davis’ statements and public record, we concluded that she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria” for the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights award.
The statement did not indicate what criteria it found Davis did not meet, or identify the origin of the requests to reconsider.