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Community Reads: 2019-20 | Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

Freedom is a Constant Struggle | Academic Year-Long Read, 2019-20

Join us for an academic year-long read of Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis (Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters 2019-20). In honor of Davis’ visit to our campus in May 2019 we invite our community to continue the conversation. This year, we will be working with the same book all year, allowing us to choose different chapters to emphasize each quarter.

Theme of Democracy

We will be looking at the book through the main lens of democracy, with selected chapters and sub-themes each quarter. We will also be choosing additional material from a variety of mediums that participants can reflect on. Because of our deeper focus on specific excerpts and themes of the book, we want to provide opportunities for members of our campus community to explore the book in different ways, allowing the campus to engage more deeply with the issues raised in the book.  We hope our events will inspire dialog and participation across campus regarding the main theme of democracy and each quarter's chosen sub-themes.

Related Works

No research occurs in a vacuum and not everyone learns in the same way. To honor other activists and artists within the community of struggle, and to provide other frameworks with which to examine the text, we have compiled a working resource list of related works of art, literature, and scholarship. Some of these resources will be highlighted at quarterly events, but all are worth reading, watching, or engaging with. Please feel free to contact us if you have suggestions for works you would like us to add to the list.

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Thank you to the UW Race and Equity Initiative & UWB VCAA for providing funding for previous books.

Community Reads Team Contacts: 2019-20

Contact members of the team via email with questions, comments, or concerns:

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Be In The Know: Quarterly Info

Learn more about quarter specific event details, readings, and additional resources. Please visit these web and Canvas pages.

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How to Join the Conversation

Students

  • If your student group or organization would like to develop discussion questions or lead a conversation
  • If your student group or organization would like to co-host an event with us, please contact us.
  • If your course focuses around similar themes - ask your faculty member if they would consider creating an assignment or offering extra credit for event attendance.

Faculty

  • Offer extra credit for attendance, but don't make it mandatory, particularly without preparing students in advance to engage with the themes of the book in a group setting
  • Provide advance notice of the title and topic of the book
  • Provide a link to the book's tab on this guide so that students can take advantage of resources like excerpts, videos, podcasts, and links to a variety of access options for the book itself
  • Contact us if you have other ideas for activities or collaborations!

Everyone (UWB/CC Students, Faculty, Staff)

  • Attend one of our events - we will offer 1 to 2 events each quarter where we will discuss and/or offer small group activities to examine questions.
  • Suggest quarterly related readings/materials and community events.
  • Suggest future Community Reads titles.
  • If you've attended a Community Reads event - suggest our next event to a friend (or bring a friend with you).

Contact us with your own ideas!

About the Book

"In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that ‘Freedom is a constant struggle.’” (-book jacket)

About the Author | Angela Y. Davis

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is author of Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (2015), along with a number of other books on activism, feminism, and social and economic justice. She has been a prominent activist in American politics since her involvement with the Black Panther Party and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Formerly the director of the Feminist Studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is now a professor emerita in the History of Consciousness department.

Featured Digital Artwork

"Angela's Voice" | by Donna Sullivan

"The Angela Davis image incorporates a powerful quote from the book, 'It is essential to resist the depiction of history as the work of heroic individuals in order for people today to recognize their potential agency as a part of an ever-expanding community of struggle.'  The rest of the text in her hair are the 10 points from the 10 Point Program of the Black Panther Party, which she mentions in her book and to which her legacy was forever tied through her arrest and trial. The last two points are on her sleeve." - Donna Sullivan, Cascadia College Staff member