"Immediately after that public apology, in keeping with its commitment to learning from its mistakes and in order to stay true to the BCRI's founding mission, the Board voted to reaffirm Dr.
BCRI's reversal follows a public outcry in support of Davis, including a letter signed by more than 300 scholars, human rights activists, and veterans of the civil rights movement that was issued this week.
Davis has not yet responded to the reversal of the BCRI decision, whose board said in its statement that it "respects her privacy and timing in whatever her response may ultimately be."
"This project opens the doors of BCRI to the world from which many will benefit," said Tom Hamby, president of BellSouth in Alabama.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), located in Downtown Birmingham, Alabama, opened its doors in November of 1992.
Slightly more than two-thirds of the BCRI program staff are African American.
Regardless of status or previous training, on entering the organization all staff members participate in a required 40-hour in-service orientation to the BCRI model.
The first point of contact with BCRI and the heart of the service-delivery model is the 24-hour hotline (Figure 1).
BCRI first was envisioned in 1979 by former Birmingham Mayor David Vann, but a lack of financial support thwarted the plans for several years.
The BCRI serves as a museum of history from the 1950s and 1960s civil rights era, and as a historical reference of culture in Birmingham dating back to earlier 1900s.
"Having known Angela Davis all of my life, and treasuring her remarkable spirit and indefatigable energy in solidarity with so many peoples suffering on our planet, the actions of the BCRI Board were incomprehensible to me.
In the Academic Letter in Support of Angela Davis, the JVP called on BCRI to rescind its cancellation of the award intended for Professor Angela Davis.