Black History Month/ Women’s History Month Angela Davis

Black History Month/ Womens History Month Angela Davis

Susan Fleshman

Angela Yvonne Davis

Born January 26, 1944, she lived with her family in a place called the “dynamic Hill neighborhood” It earned its name in the 1950s because of the bombing of houses trying to drive out middle class black people. She eventually went to live with her uncle on her farm in New York, she was christened at her fathers Episcopal church. She was also an American Marxist and Feminist Political Activist, Philosopher, Academic, Author . Professor University of California, Santa Cruz. Long time member of the community party USA (CPUSA) a founding member of the committees of correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS). She writes specifically about class, gender, race, and the U.S. prison system.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama. Studied at Brandeis University and University of Frankfurt. Studying under philosopher Herbert Marcus, an adherent of the Frankfurt school. She loved “far-left” politics. In the USA she studied at the University of California, San Diego. Then moving to East Germany she completed a doctorate at the University of Berlin. She joined the CPUSA when she came back to the USA and she became involved in numerous causes, campaigns against the Vietnam war. In 1969, she was hired as an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA, she later on was fired for using “Inflammatory language.”

In 1970, firearms belonging to Davis were used in a “armed takeover of a courtroom”, in Marin County, California. 4 people were killed, she was prosecuted for three capital felonies, and conspiracy to murder. She was held in jail for over a year, then she was acquitted of all charges in 1972.

According to google acquitted means “Free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty”

During the 1980s Davis was the community’s party candidate for vice president twice at this time, she also held the position of professor at state university. In 1997, she co-founded “critical resistance” , an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. 1991, the dissolution of the soviet union. Davis broke away from the CPUSA to help establish the CCDS. Following the same year, he joined the feminist study department at the university of California, Santa Cruz, she became department director before retiring in 2008. Davis throughout life has received various awards, the soviet union Lenin peace prize, National Women’s Hall of Fame. But she has also been accused of supporting “Political violence” also supporting the soviet union. Although she has been a controversial figure, in 2020 she was put on the list a the 1971, “women of the year” in time magazines “100 women of the year.” 2020 she was included on the list of 100 influential people in the world. From 1980 to 1983 Angela was married to Hilton Braithwaite, in 1997 Angela came out as lesbian in an interview with “Out magazine”. In 2020 Angela was living with her partner, Gina Dent. Throughout her life she has appeared in many interviews. She appeared in 4 interviews in 1971, 5 in 1972-1985, 4 in 1991-1997, 3 in 2000-2002, 6 in 2010-2016,and Angela Davis is still alive today.