Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-

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Activist, author, and professor, Angela Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on January 26, 1944, the daughter of two teachers. Active at an early age in the Black Panthers and the Communist Party, Davis also formed an interracial study group and volunteered for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while still in high school. At fifteen, after earning a scholarship, Davis traveled to New York to complete high school. In 1960, Davis traveled to Germany to study for two years, and then to the University of Paris for another year. After returning to the United States, Davis attended Brandeis University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1965. Davis then returned to Germany for further study before enrolling in the University of California, San Diego, where she earned her M.A. degree in 1968.

Upon earning her master's degree, Davis became an assistant professor at UCSD, but due to her connections with the Panthers and the Communist Party, she was removed a year later. Following her dismissal, Davis worked to free the Soledad Prison Brothers and befriended an inmate, George Jackson. In August of 1970, Jackson and several other inmates attempted to escape from the Marin County Courthouse, and a judge and three others were killed. Davis was quickly put on the FBI's most wanted list, despite the fact that she was not at the crime scene, and was apprehended in New York. After spending eighteen months in jail during her trial, Davis was acquitted in 1972. While in prison, Davis wrote her first book,If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance, entirely by hand. After her acquittal, Governor Ronald Reagan vowed she would never teach in California again, but nevertheless, she was immediately hired by San Francisco State University, where she stayed for another twelve years. Entering the political ring, Davis ran on the Communist Party ticket as vice president in 1980 and 1984. When the Soviet Union began to fall apart, however, Davis gave up communism. Davis continued to teach in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Davis toured across the United States and the world lecturing on prison reform, and served on the advisory board of the Prison Activist Resource Center. Davis also co-founded the Committees of Correspondence, an organization that seeks to unite all socialist groups in the United States.

From The HistoryMakers™ biography: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/A2003.124

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referencedIn Kate Millett papers, 1912-2002 and undated, bulk 1951-2001 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Arnold S. Kaufman papers, 1954-1971 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Douglas Menuez photography collection, 1986-2006 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994 conference records Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Bobbye S. Ortiz Papers, (bulk, 1919-1993 and undated, 1950-1990) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Africa Project Videotape collection, 1985-1989 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Wellek Library Lectures Bibliographic Database entry for Angela Davis University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Antioch Review mss., 1940-2007 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Negatives Collection, Bulk, 1968-1990, 1930-2001 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn James E. Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson Photographs Collection New York University, Tamiment Library
referencedIn Bettina Aptheker Papers, 1944-2006, (Bulk 1965-1990) University of California, Santa Cruz. . University Library Special Collections and Archives
referencedIn Black Panther printed ephemera, ca., 1966-2006. Houghton Library
referencedIn Communist Party of the United States of America Audio Collection, Bulk, 1965-1989, 1920s - 1999 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Rosalie Ritz courtroom drawings, 1968-1982 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Political Newspapers Collection, 1953-1994, bulk 1969-1992 California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Angela Davis Legal defense collection, 1970-1972 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Leonard Weinglass Papers, 1960s-2011 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn The Daily Worker and The Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Angela Davis Academic Freedom Case & Trial and Defense Movement, 1969-1972 Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
referencedIn Donald T. Carlson papers, 1952-1995 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Inventory of The Angela Davis Collection: Area Studies/Africana MSS 00238., 1971, n.d. (Bulk: January, 1971) Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn Biography Collection MS 393., 1771-1995, 1920-1970 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Andreĭ Sakharov papers, 1852-2002 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Marlon Riggs Collection, 1957-1994 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations (Nixon Administration). 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations. 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. Oval Office tape number 728
referencedIn Eugene Gordon papers, 1927-1972 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Jordan, June, 1936-2002. Audio collection of June Jordan [sound recording]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Communist Party of the United States of America Records, Bulk, 1950-1990, 1892-2009 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State. 1788 - 1991. Unclassified Central Subject Files
referencedIn Doing Time collection, 1972-1980 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
creatorOf Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-. Angela Davis collection, 1962-1975. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn National Lawyers Guild Records, 1936-1999 Bancroft Library
referencedIn James E. Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson Papers Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers, 1966-1978 North Carolina State University. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Reference Center for Marxist Studies Pamphlet Collection, Bulk, 1940-1975, 1900-2004 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Marilyn Albert Communist Party of the United States of America Papers, Bulk, 1989-1992, 1947-1992 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
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creatorOf The HistoryMakers Video Oral History with Angela Davis The HistoryMakers
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Birmingham (Ala.)
Berkeley (Calif.)
Birmingham AL US
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Imprisonment--United States
Marxism
Feminism
Political prisoners--United States
Trials (Conspiracy)
African American communists
Political activists
African Americans--Civil rights
Critical theory
Punishment--United States
African American women political activists
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Professor
Civil Rights Activist
Activist
History Professor
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Birth 1944-01-26

Birth 19440126

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