Civil rights activist to headline YMTF program at UAPB

The 40th annual Youth Motivation Task Force program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, which runs through Tuesday, will feature a free presentation by civil rights activist Angela Davis at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the John M. Ross Theater of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center on the UAPB campus.

Davis is best known as a radical black educator and activist for civil rights and other social issues, according to information provided by UAPB. She is currently a tenured professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz.

The YMTF program theme for this year is “L.A.W.S. for a Successful Career.”

Shirley Cherry, assistant director of career services and campus coordinator for YMTF, said she believes the theme is appropriate because it gives participants the opportunity to focus on career development skills including critical listening, thinking and writing.

Cherry said that over the course of the program students will have opportunities to interact with professionals through classroom visits, one-on-one interactions and other planned activities.