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

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Angela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.

Professor Davis's political activism began when she was a youngster in Birmingham, Alabama, and continued through her high school years in New York. But it was not until 1969 that she came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List on false charges, and was the subject of an intense police search that drove her underground and culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international "Free Angela Davis" campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972.

Professor Davis's long-standing commitment to prisoners' rights dates back to her involvement in the campaign to free the Soledad Brothers, which led to her own arrest and imprisonment. Today she remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system. She is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Like many educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

During the last twenty-five years, Professor Davis has lectured in all of the fifty United States, as well as in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the former Soviet Union. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of nine books, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography; Women, Race, and Class; Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday; The Angela Y. Davis Reader; Are Prisons Obsolete?; a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; and The Meaning of Freedom.

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan once vowed that Angela Davis would never again teach in the University of California system. Today she is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1994, she received the distinguished honor of an appointment to the University of California Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies.

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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, 1993-1994 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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, 1910-1995, (Bulk 1960-1979) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
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, Bulk, 1930-1990, 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]. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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, Bulk, 1937-1992, 1917-2008 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers, 1966-1978 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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associatedWith Adler, Harold. person
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associatedWith California State University, Dominguez Hills corporateBody
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associatedWith Catlett, Elizabeth Mora., 1919- person
associatedWith Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of Venezuela person
associatedWith Davies, Diana, 1938- person
associatedWith Davis Defense Fund person
associatedWith Dawes, Gil, 1933- person
associatedWith Felver, Christopher, 1946- person
associatedWith Fleeta Drumgo person
associatedWith George Jackson person
associatedWith Gordon, Eugene, 1891-1974. person
associatedWith Hagedorn, Jessica Tarahata, 1949- person
associatedWith Herman, Luther Russell, Jr. person
associatedWith Higgs, DeWitt A., 1907- person
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associatedWith Jackson, Esther Cooper person
associatedWith Jackson, George, 1941-1971. person
associatedWith Jackson, James E., 1914-2007. person
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associatedWith John Conyers person
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associatedWith Johnson, Robert Pierre, 1914-1974. person
associatedWith Jordan, June, 1936-2002. person
associatedWith Kalish, Donald. person
associatedWith Kaufman, Arnold S. (Arnold Saul), 1927-1971. person
associatedWith Kaufmann, Walter, 1933- . person
associatedWith Kilpatrick, James Jackson, 1920-2010. person
associatedWith Lamaina, Susanna Lucia, person
associatedWith Leary, Mary Ellen. person
associatedWith Magee, Ruchell person
associatedWith Margaret Burnham person
associatedWith Marshall, Alice Kahler, person
associatedWith Marx, Karl, 1818-1883 person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith McDaniel, Thelma. person
associatedWith Menuez, Doug person
associatedWith Michigan State University. Library. American Radicalism Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Millett, Kate person
associatedWith Molfese, John, person
associatedWith NAACP Legal Defense Fund corporateBody
associatedWith National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Conference of Black Lawyers person
associatedWith National Lawyers Guild corporateBody
associatedWith National Union of Mexican Women person
associatedWith National United Committee to Free Davis and All Political Prisoners corporateBody
associatedWith Neigh, Kenneth Glenn, 1908-1996. person
associatedWith New York Committee to Free Angela Davis corporateBody
associatedWith Ortiz, Bobbye S. person
associatedWith Pacht, Jerry. person
correspondedWith Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005. person
associatedWith Patterson, William L. (William Lorenzo), 1890-1980. person
associatedWith Peña, Olga, 1925- person
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associatedWith Reference Center for Marxist Studies. corporateBody
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associatedWith Ritz, Rosalie person
associatedWith Rivers, Charles, ca. 1905-1993. person
associatedWith Said, Edward W., 1935-2003 person
associatedWith Sakharov, Andreĭ, 1921-1989 person
associatedWith Shames, Stephen. person
associatedWith Sojourner (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Soledad Brothers. corporateBody
associatedWith Soledad Correctional Training Facility. corporateBody
associatedWith Timothy, Mary. person
associatedWith United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. General Assembly. Moderator (1971-1972 : Stair) corporateBody
associatedWith University of California at Los Angeles corporateBody
participantIn University of California, Irvine. Wellek Library lectures at the University of California, Irvine corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Santa Cruz. History of Consciousness Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Vasillov, Magda 1934-2006. person
associatedWith Vignes, Michelle. person
associatedWith Walker, Alice, 1944- person
associatedWith Walter E. Fauntroy person
associatedWith Weinglass, Leonard person
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associatedWith Women's School (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith WOMEN'S VIDEO COLLECTIVE (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Yee, Min S. person
associatedWith Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. National Board. National Public Affairs Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Zweig, Martha person
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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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Birth 1944-01-26

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