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Not for publication
Nov. 14, 1997 -- No. 853

Prison reform, women's rights to be among Angela Davis' topics at UNC-CH

Monday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.,
Memorial Hall,
Cameron Avenue

Increased student activism, prison reform and women's rights are expected to be among topics scholar and political activist Angela Davis will address when she delivers the fourth annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture Nov. 17 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The 8 p.m. lecture in Memorial Hall will be free and open to the public. Tickets will be required for the public. Audience members may ask Davis questions after the talk.

Davis holds the presidential chair in African-American and feminist studies on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She became known in the late `60s and `70s, after then-Gov. Ronald Reagan of California instigated her dismissal from the University of California, Los Angeles, for her activism and political beliefs.

Each year, UNC-CH's Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center pays tribute to its namesake by inviting a black woman, whose commitment to community mirrors that of the late Dr. Stone, to lecture on campus. Stone directed the UNC-CH African and Afro-American Studies Curriculum from 1974 to 1979 and remained an associate professor until her death in 1991. She served on the Black Cultural Center planning committee and dedicated her life to educating the campus community about needs for the center and improved race relations on campus and in the community.

Media access: Davis stipulated that while at Carolina she would interview only with one independent newspaper and one student newspaper. She will not be available for other interviews. However, anyone is allowed to ask questions after her talk.

Talk coverage: Media planning to cover the talk should call Ange-Marie Hancock at the Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center, 962-9001, by noon Nov. 17 to reserve a space.

Entry: Media representatives should enter the backstage door on the east side of the building beside the parking lot booth. Broadcasters with heavy equipment may unload in front of Memorial before moving vehicles.

Parking: Park in the Swain lot on the north side of Cameron Avenue near South Columbia Street. Cross Cameron and walk east to Memorial Hall. Early arrival is strongly advised.

Broadcasters: Audio feeds will be available in the orchestra pit. TV lights may be on during the first 15 minutes of the lecture.

Still photographers: Please use available light. In her contract with UNC-CH, Davis required that no flash photography be allowed.

Recording: Audio and video recording are allowed for non-commercial purposes. Media representatives are allowed to record for news coverage purposes.

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Sonja Haynes Stone Black Cultural Center contact: Ange-Marie Hancock, 962-9001
News Services print contact: Laura J. Toler, 962-8589
News Services broadcast contact: Karen Moon, 962-8595