Sackler Center Honors Angela Davis
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum recently honored activist, author, and scholar Angela Y. Davis at its annual Sackler Center First Awards, an event that honors extraordinary women, including the likes of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Noble Laureate in Literature Toni Morrison, attorney and professor Anita Hill, even pop culture icon Miss Piggy. To top it all off, the event was hosted by writer and activist Gloria Steinem, New York City’s own first lady Chirlane McCray, founder of Sackler Center First Awards and Brooklyn Museum Board Chair Elizabeth A. Sackler, and other trail blazing women.
The event began with a cocktail hour in Brooklyn Museum’s Beaux Arts Court, featuring a refreshing signature ginger cocktail, select wines, and vegan bites. This provided the rare opportunity to rub elbows with and converse with highly influential women. Davis and others posed for pictures and welcomed the one on one conversations with guests prior to the evening’s programming.
Manhattan Country Day School’s youth chorus opened the presentation with a touching performance of “We Shall Overcome.” What followed was an abbreviated screening of “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners,” an award-winning documentary that details the life of young Davis, her social activism, and her trial following her implication in a kidnapping attempt that resulted in the death of four men. Afterward, Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis graced the stage for a live conversation about Davis’ activism.
“Black Lives Matter is at a historical conjunction where all of the ingredients converged.”
Immediately following, Davis was presented with this year’s Sackler Center First Award.
“We have to act as if it is possible to build a revolution and radically transform the world.”
Photo Credit: William Blaylock