Angela Davis

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Angela Y. Davis, "radical black activist and philosopher, was arrested as a suspected conspirator in the abortive attempt to free George Jackson from a courtroom in Marin County, California, August 7, 1970. The guns used were registered in her name. Angela Davis was eventually acquitted of all charges, but was briefly on the FBI's most-wanted list as she fled from arrest.

"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 ran for U.S. Vice President on the Communist Party ticket in 1980.

"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 governer 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." [1]

Books by and About Angela Davis

  • David, Angela. Prison Industrial Complex. Spoken Word CD.
  • Davis, Angela. If They Come in the Morning. 1971.
  • Davis, Angela Y. Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Challenge to Racism.
  • Davis, Angela Y. Women, Race and Class. 1983.
  • Davis, Angela Yvonne. Angela Davis: An Autobiography. 1989.
  • Davis, Angela. Women, Culture and Politics. 1990.
  • Davis, Angela Yvonne and Joy James. The Angela Y. Davis Reader. Joy James, editor. 1998.
  • Davis, Angela Y. Are Prisons Obsolete? 2003.
  • Aptheker, Bettina. The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis. 1999.
  • Timothy, Mary. Jury Woman: The Story of the Trial of Angela Y. Davis.

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Angela Davis, Womens History, accessed July 24, 2008.
  2. Advisory Board Members, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, accessed July 24, 2008.