Community activists call for Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s leadership to resign

BCRI Not honoring Angela Davis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT)– The Justice League, Outcast Voters Group, and other community organizations gathered in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Monday afternoon and called for the resignations of the BCRI’s leadership.

Frank Matthews, President of the Outcast Voters Group, says he and others in the community are upset with the BCRI and the announcement they were no longer honoring activist Angela Davis.

Davis was selected by the BCRI to receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award back in September. In a statement released over the weekend, they rescinded the honor and canceled the accompanying gala saying Davis’s public record is inconsistent with Shuttlesworth’s ideals.

Matthews and Justice League President, Carlos Chaverst, say they disagree.

“This is the ultimate insult. The ultimate. To deny Angela Davis her inheritance,” Matthews said during the news conference.

Matthews said Davis was born in Birmingham and fought alongside Shuttlesworth.

Chaverst and Matthews called for the immediate resignation of the BCRI’s Board of Directors. They also called for the resignation of the BCRI’s President and CEO Andrea Taylor.

Matthews says if the demands aren’t met, the community will organize protests at the BCRI and anywhere the message can be heard.

CBS 42 has reached out to the BCRI for a comment. We are waiting on a response.

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