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Filmmaker Shola Lynch Puts the Spotlight on Political Activist Angela Davis

Shola Lynch, the mastermind behind the film "Unbought & Unbossed" about Shirley Chisolm, the trailblazing black congresswoman and first major-party, African-American woman to run for president of the United States, will appear on the next segment of The Caldwell Café. Lynch's second documentary, "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners," highlights the dramatic story and life of the former political prisoner.

Lynch contacted Scripps Howard Prof. Earl Caldwell, the university's writer-in-residence, to ask him to be in the documentary, due to his familiarity with Davis' trial and the events that led to her subsequent acquittal. Said Caldwell, "I was a reporter for the New York Times—the first person that Angela Davis spoke to after she was arrested for conspiracy in the murder of a judge in California." Since its April 2013 release, "Free Angela" has received commendable critical reviews, and there is buzz that the film may be a strong contender for an Academy Award.

The taping of Lynch's interview will take place in front of a live studio audience on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Scripps Howard Television Studio. A reception will immediately follow.

For more information about the event and The Caldwell Café series, please contact Professor William Leonard at william.leonard@hamptonu.edu.

Prof. Earl Caldwell is a nationally renowned journalist who was the central figure in one of the most celebrated cases in American history involving reporters' rights. At Hampton University, Prof. Caldwell is writer-in-residence at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications and host of the Caldwell Café television series.