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US Institute Withdraws Award to Black Civil Rights Activist because She Supports Palestine

Birmingham (National Times ) – A Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, in  the US, has withdrawn a proposed award for Angela Davis a prominent Black civil rights activist after Jewish outcry over her pro-Palestinian stance.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute withdraw the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award to Angela Davies just days before the actual award.

Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s. She has authored several books advocating for the protection and restoration of the rights of Black people in the US. She has also advocated against Israel brutality against Palestinians.

The decision was made after a pro-Israel group wrote the institute requesting that it cancels the award. According to Israel major news site Haaretz, The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center  wrote the Birmingham Civil rights Institute request the Institute to cancel the award to Davies because of her “recent outspoken support” of a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

In a statement posted on its website over the weekend, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said, “Upon closer examination of Ms. Davis’ statements and public record, we concluded that she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria on which the award is based.”

Mrs Angela told CNN after hearing the news of the award cancellation that, “The trip to Birmingham, where I was born and raised, to receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Award, was certain to be the highlight of my year, especially since I knew Rev. Shuttlesworth personally.”

 

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