Santa Monica Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a screening of the documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” on Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

“Free Angela” is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor to the position of a controversial political icon in the turbulent late-1960s. Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principal spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she finds herself fighting to keep her job, characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive menace, and by her supporters as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for “power to all people.”

This 2013 documentary is a candid and powerful account of the tumultuous times and a woman who challenges a society that is afraid of all that she represents. Filled with elements of intrigue, suspense and conspiracies, the film delivers by empowering and inspiring diverse international audiences with its message of hope and redemption.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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