Angela Yvonne Davis was born on January 26, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was one of three children. Both her father and mother were teachers, therefore making her and her family middle-class. Although she was middle-class, that didnt keep her away from the racism that went on in the south. Although her higher social status, she still attended the same school that all the other black students attended. Later on, Angela’s father left teaching and went into business. The family then moved into an all white neighborhood when she was young. Angela new that she and her family were not welcomed in the neighborhood At age 15, Angela got a scholarship from the American Friends Southern Negro Student Committee to attend and study at Elizabeth Irwin High Schoolin New York City. She became interested in both socialist and communist philosophies, especially the mass movement designed to overthrow political domination by elites. In 1961 he earned a scholarship to Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts. There she majored in French but she mainly stated focus on her interest in philosophy. During her Junior year(1963) she got the opportunity to study in France. While there she heard about a bombing at her church that resulted in the deaths of four black girls. After two years, Angela returned to the U.S.A. to continue study with her graduate advisor, Herbert Marcuse. He was teaching at the University of California in San Diego. While Angela went deeper into philosophy, she became politically active with the Black Panthers, Student Non- Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Ron Karenga’s US- Organization. She also became a member of the Communist Partyand the Che- Lumumba Club in 1968. In 1969, Angela was hired by the Philosophy Department at UCLA as an assistant professor. Due to her involved membership with the communist party, she was fired illegally by President Ronald Regan, but then was rehired. Even though she was rehired, Regan wouldn’t stop there. He also tried to use her support and defense for the Soledad Brothers as a reason to get her re-fired. The Soledad brotherswere accused of killing a prison guard. On August 11, 1970, the F.B.I. issued a warrant for Angela’s arrest, she was accused of buying the guns that the Jonathan Jackson had used in the shootout on August 7, 1970 in Marin County Center, San Rafael County. Therefore she was charged of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy. They also believed she was in love with Jackson so she had motive. Angela attempted to escape during her trial and several people were killed in the courtroom. On August 13, she was arrested in New York. This arrest sparked a global political movement in her defense. After 16 months in prison, she was trialed; she was her own co- counsel and was judged by a white judge and jury. She spent roughly 18 months in prison and was acquitted in June 1972.

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Angela ran for Vice President on the Communist Party in the 1980 and 1984. She had been awarded an honorary doctorate from Lenin University for working with the National Alliance against Racism and Political Repression (NAARPR). She continued to teach at the University of California as well as other universities throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In essence she said “History is important, but it also can stifle young people’s ability to think in new ways and to present ideas that may sound implausible now but that really may help us develop radical strategies for moving into the next century.


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