In honor of her tremendous strides in social justice and education, professor and activist Angela Davis is set to be induced into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
The organization, which was established in 1969 and is the oldest membership entity and museum dedicated to celebrating the achievements of American women, announced Davis and others as the 2019 cohort of inductees on Wednesday. More than 250 women have been honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
The University of California Santa Cruzemerita professor was nominated by the public and selected by a group of experts across various disciplines based on her contributions to the areas of the arts, education and humanities.
This year marks a century since the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote. Davis’ involvement in the fight for human rights has spanned over the past six decades as a former member of the Black Panther Party and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In recent years, she has focused on social problems of economic injustice, mass incarceration and the criminalization of Black and brown communities.
Davis, along with nine other inductees, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, will be honored. The ceremony will take place on September 14.