Princeton offering BLM course on Black Panther’s Angela Davis

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Princeton offering BLM course on Black Panther's Angela Davis

Princeton University now has a Black Lives Matter course — taught by someone committed to critical race theory and focusing on the work of a controversial Black Panther who helped lead the Communist Party.

The Ivy League course, listed as #BlackLivesMatter, “traces the historical roots and growth of the Black Lives Matter social movement in the United States and comparative global contexts.”

“The movement and course are committed to resisting, unveiling, and undoing histories of state sanctioned violence against Black and Brown bodies,” reads the listing on the New Jersey university’s website. 

“The course seeks to document the forms of dispossession that Black Americans face, and offers a critical examination of the prison industrial complex, police brutality, urban poverty, and white supremacy in the US.”

It is being taught by assistant professor Hanna Garth, whose website notes her “commitment to feminist methodologies and critical race theory.”

Hanna Garth.
The #BlackLivesMatter course will be taught by assistant professor Hanna Garth.
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The #BlackLivesMatter course will be offered at Princeton University.
The #BlackLivesMatter course will be offered at Princeton University.
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Among the books being studied are “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Davis, who twice ran to be vice-president on the Communist Party ticket.

As a young Black Panther, Davis, now 77, was once even on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, accused of providing weapons in a 1970 courtroom shooting that left four dead in California, including a judge.

At the time, President Richard Nixon called Davis a “dangerous terrorist.”

Angela Davis in 1970.
The course will focus on the work of Angela Davis, who twice ran to be vice-president on the Communist Party ticket.
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She was busted two months later, and eventually acquitted of all charges — including murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy — after spending 18 months behind bars, according to The History Makers.

Her high-profile case even made her the subject of some famous rock songs, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Angela” and the Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Black Angel” from 1972’s classic album “Exile on Main St.”

Other works being studied in the Princeton course are “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” by the university’s own Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. 

Angela Davis in 2014.
Angela Davis was once on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for allegedly providing weapons in a 1970 courtroom shooting but was eventually acquitted.
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The course was first highlighted by The College Fix, which said neither Garth nor the university responded to requests for comment.

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