Angela Davis Wiki
Angela Davis (Angela Yvonne Davis) is an American political activist, academic and Author. She is a retired professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Department of History of Consciousness as well as the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department. She is best known as a radical African-American educator and activist for civil rights and other social issues.
Angela Davis Biography
She attended Carrie A. Tuggle School, a segregated black elementary school. She later attended Parker Annex, a middle-school branch of Parker High School in Birmingham.
She grew up surrounded by communist organizers and thinkers and this significantly influenced her intellectual development. She was involved in her church youth group as a child and she attended Sunday school regularly. By her junior year of high school, she had been accepted by an American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) program which placed black students from the South in integrated schools in the North.
She chose to attend Elisabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village where she was recruited by a communist youth group, Advance.
She attended Brandeis University in Massachusetts where she studied philosophy with Herbert Marcuse and she was one of the three black students in her class. She graduated magna cum laude, a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1965. She earned a master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1968 and earned a doctorate in philosophy from Humboldt University in East Berlin.
She was an acting assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since early 1969. She opted for UCLA because of its urban location. She was, at that time, known as a radical feminist and activist, a member of the Communist Party USA, and an associate of the Black Panther Party
She co-founded Critical Resistance, an organization that works to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She was a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). Her membership led California Governor Ronald Reagan in 1969 to attempt to have her barred from teaching at any California university. She left the party in 1991.
Angela Davis Age
She was born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Angela Davis Family
Angela is the daughter of Sallye Davis and Frank Davis. They lived in Dynamite Hill neighborhood which was marked in the 1950s by the bombings of houses in an attempt to intimidate and drive out middle-class blacks who had moved there. She has two brothers; Den and Reginald and a sister called Faina.
Angela Davis Husband
He was married to Hilton Braithwaite 1980 to 1983.
Angela Davis Children
Her daughter’s name is Elenni Davis-Knight.
Angela Davis Height
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Angela Davis Salary
Angela’s salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.
Angela Davis Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $800, 000.
Angela Davis Facts
She has a long list of facts, just to mention the main ones.
- She personally knew some of the victims of the infamous 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
- While a graduate student, she traveled extensively and lived in France and East Germany
- A group of black militants took control of the Marin County, California courthouse in August 1970. This led to the death of a judge, she was charged with kidnapping and murder for supplying the militants with guns.
- After about a month as a fugitive, Davis was arrested in New York.
- She was acquitted of murder in June 1972.
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono dedicated their 1972 song “Angela” to her.
- Prison reform was a major issue that she’ advocated for. This is how she came into contact with the “Soledad Brothers” and the men who took over the Marin County courthouse.
- She came out as a noted feminist as she criticized 1995 Million Man March for its exclusion of women.
- She came out as a lesbian in 1997.
- She is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
- Despite allying with an array of people and organizations across the left-wing of the political spectrum and within the Civil Rights movement, she was a critic of black nationalism.
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Angela Davis Speech
Here is a part of speech from her speech that she delivered at the Embassy Auditorium in 1944.
It’s really a wonderful feeling to be back among the people. [applause, cheers] To be back among all of you who fought so long and so hard, among all of you who actually achieved my freedom. And I really wish you could have been there in the courtroom at the moment when those three “not guilty” verdicts were pronounced because that victory was just as much yours as it was mine. [“Right on!” applause] And as we laughed and cried, these were expressions of our joy as we witnessed what was a real people’s victory and in spirit, you were all there at that moment.
Over the last few days I’ve been literally overwhelmed with congratulations and expressions of solidarity, whether it’s been in meetings or on the streets or in restaurants; in the black and brown communities in northern California, wherever I’ve gone I’ve been greeted with hugs and kisses and it’s really been beautiful. Even in a city like San Jose, among the white population, many many people have come out and have congratulated me and have told me that actually, they were behind us all the time. [applause] And during these last days, I have sensed a real feeling of unity and togetherness and a kind of collective enthusiasm which I have rarely experienced on such a massive scale.
Angela Davis Books
- Women Race And Class
- Are Prisons Obsolete
- Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
- An Autobiography
- Women, Culture and Politics
- If They Come Morning
- The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues
- Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture
- Blues Legacies and Black Feminism
- The Angela Y. Davis Reader
- The Prison Industrial Complex
- Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Challenge to Racism
- Feminist Family Values Forum: Mililani Trask, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, María Jiménez
- Mama Sappho: Poems Con Sabor a Calo
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself: A New Critical Edition by Angela Y. Davis
Angela Davis Quotes
- Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.
- We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
- Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other.
- We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.
- To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.
- Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work.
- Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.
- I decided to teach because I think that any person who studies philosophy has to be involved actively.