published Friday, March 8th, 2013

Alabama Legislature honors activist Angela Davis

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Red state politics may have taken on a new meaning in Alabama.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Alabama’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed a resolution honoring Angela Davis, who was a vice presidential nominee for the Communist Party in 1980 and 1984.

The resolution by Democratic Rep. Oliver Robinson of Birmingham won approval in the House Feb. 14 and in the Senate Feb. 19. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley declined to sign it, but it still became an official act of the Legislature.

Robinson says Davis is a Birmingham native, and he sponsored the resolution because she will be appearing in Birmingham March 30.

The chairman of the House Rules Committee, Republican Mac McCutcheon of Huntsville, says he did not connect the Angela Davis in the resolution with the activist Angela Davis.

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