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Angela Davis

Angela Davis (1944- )

Angela Davis, radical black activist and philosopher from Birmingham, Alabama, was arrested as a suspected conspirator in the abortive attempt to free George Jackson from a courtroom in Marin County, California, August 7, 1970. She was eventually acquitted of all charges, but was briefly on the FBI's most-wanted list. Angela Davis is often associated with the Black Panthers and with the black power politics of the late 1960s and early 1970s. She joined the Communist Party when Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. She was active with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) before the Black Panthers. Angela Davis has been an activist and writer promoting women's rights and racial justice while pursuing her career as a philosopher and teacher at the University of Santa Cruz and San Francisco University—she achieved tenure at the University of California at Santa Cruz though former governor Ronald Reagan swore she would never teach again in the University of California system. She studied with political philosopher Herbert Marcuse. She has published on race, class, and gender.

Angela Davis is inspires me in the way that she has and continues to go against the grain and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. The courage and tenacity she displays in the face of racism and oppression will serve as a model for activists for years to come.

Cameron Ruiz
Cameron Ruiz

Senior Liberal Arts Student
WIU-Quad Cities

Angela Davis

“What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.”

~ Angela Davis