Women’s History Month: Activist Angela Davis

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Political Activist Angela Davis at Press Conference
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Angela Davis, Afro-American Political Activist

Angela Yvonne Davis, Born January 26, 1944 is a inspiration to women whom peruse the Law & Criminal Justice profession. Although she has no actual law background, Davis was able to mingle, conduct business with, and accomplish more because she was actually emotionally invested as a child. Davis grew up in the infamous neighbor in Birmingham, Alabama named “Dynamic Hill” called that because it was common for local hate groups to place explosives. These explosives were targeting Afro-American communities and devastating lives. Davis publicly spoke out stating that she personally knew the 4 girls killed in the Birmingham Church Bombings. She always remembered how it made her felt and vowed to be a advocate for change. As a teen, she organized inter-racial study groups aiming to diffuse the injustice of Afro-Americans in 1950-60’s America.

As a graduate in the 1960’s, at the University Of California, she joined the Black Panther Party, the Che-Lumumba all Black Communist Party; later becoming the Party Leader. Davis was able to obtain a position at the University Of California teaching feminist studies; but later got chastised for her Communist beliefs.

The South In Birmingham, Alabama was definitely a time of racial tension with some still holding on to the hope of unity among us all. If your not familiar with the era of Jim Crow, please take a little time to research this. Then, you will be able to get a feel for how racial tension was heightened especially with the momentum of the Civil Rights Movement.

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I would be at no surprise that Davis would become a strong supporter of the Soledad Brothers (not really related), accused of killing a prison guard after several Afro-American prisoners were killed in a fight with another guard. Davis landed herself in a bit of hot water with authorities when she was brought up on several charges. The charges she were arrested for involved a escape attempt, in a courtroom, that left several people deceased. Davis was apparently proven to be linked to the gun used via Registration, and reportedly in love with George Jackson. On August 21, 1971, George Jackson was shot to death by a tower guard inside San Quentin Prison in a purported escape attempt. “No Black person,” wrote James Baldwin, “will ever believe that George Jackson died the way they tell us he did.”

On March 27, 1972, the two surviving Soledad Brothers—Clutchette and Drumgoole—were acquitted by a San Francisco jury of the original charges of murdering a prison guard. Davis was detained for 18-months and was acquitted of all charges.

Angela Davis Speaking Tour In Cuba (1972)
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She has many accomplishments such as international speaking tour in Cuba (1972), receiving an invitation from East Germany accompanied by an Honorary Degree . Davis also has taught feminist studies, critical theories, Marxism, popular music, social conscience, philosophy, and history of punishment of prisoners. She is always remembered as an inspiration to women whom stood up and used their voice in the face of oppression.

Additional Readings:

“Angela Davis; An Autobiography”, Angela Davis, (1974)

“Women, Race, And Class”, Angela Davis, (1980)

“Women, Culture, And Politics”, Angela Davis, (1989)

“The Meaning Of Freedom”, Angela Davis, (2012)

“Abolish Democracy”, Angela Davis, (2005)


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