Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{Personal Post} Photos :: "Free Angela" Screening/Discussion | Washington, DC

”The victories we do win are not always the victories we fought for.
........But we should celebrate them, none the less” – Angela Davis

I've seen this film before. However, there was NO way I was going to miss Angela Davis speaking here. She is not only one of my most favorite people in the entire world, but my closest know how dear the place for her in my heart is. She is MY Doctor King. You better believe. The day someone sent me the info.. I rsvp'd within the next 10 minutes.

(L to R)
Shola Lynch {actress, filmaker}
Angela Y. Davis
Rhea L. Combs {curator of photography and film at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, head of the museum's Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA)

That entire day was hectic, but seemed to not matter any longer once I arrived at the church she was speaking at. The homie Withers was already seated waiting for me. I was excited... overly excited... but never expected the reaction I had. When I saw Angela Davis walk out, not only did I have the hugest smile from ear to ear... but strangely I wanted to cry. My eyes were super watery. I was that damn happy.

To see three strong, beautiful, intelligent, and powerful Black women up there engaging in a discussion about the film and today's world brought a sense of empowerment that I can't explain. The representation.
"Had me feeling like Black was the thing to be..."

Angela Davis talked for about 30-40 minutes.  I don't think I've EVER been so consumed into a person speaking.  NOTHING else mattered.  She touched on issues during the 60s and issues today and said something I've felt for years regarding it .."It seems the more things change.. the more they stay the same." We have so much further to go.
She touched on Ferguson and our beloved current President Obama.  Palestine.  The state of the world and black community in general.  I wished she had a more extensive time to speak but they had to cut that segment to start the film.  The first time I saw it, I watched it alone with a bottle of Jack Daniels and leftovers...
The emotions ran through of rage, empowerment, passion, etc.  This time watching it in an open setting amongst others, those emotions were heightened.  To witness others reactions during the film was pretty cool... we all seemed to be on one accord; a sense of unity in the Black Community had been restored for that moment.

Angela Davis stood for equality of everyone and STILL.. at the age of 70... stands for the betterment of the people.  She is extremely intelligent and delivers her message in a way all can understand (even if she says a word you may not have heard before). She's admirable in countless ways and one of the many greats reflected in our history.
Angela Yvonne Davis. I salute you. #Power.

Here's a clip of Angela Davis' discussion on another panel for the screening earlier this year.

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