National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives to Offer Screening of -Free Angela and All Political Prisoners-

Press Release: September 15, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives to Offer Screening of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Presented within the 20th Century Civil Rights and Liberties Film Series

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)… On Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will screen the documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Post-film discussion will be led by Dr. Delia Cook Gillis of the University of Central Missouri. A free light reception will precede the film at 6:00 p.m.

This film is the first in a series beginning in October 2015 and concluding in June 2016 in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group.

Davis emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, although she was never a party member. Her interests included prisoner rights; she founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California-Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university's Feminist Studies department. Davis was arrested, charged, tried, and acquitted of conspiracy in the 1970 armed take-over of a Marin County, California, courtroom in which four persons died.

Reservations are requested for this free film by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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