#WCW Knowing Angela Davis

In formal education, our historical knowledge of our own indegenous history and history of those of African Descent outside our continent is far too minimal. We are aware of certain movements, but not of those who all had a partake in creating a climate where the rights of all human beings are equal in the eyes of the law; be it gender or race difference.

Organizations, revolutionary movements and individual Afrolutionists who worked together tirelessly and fearlessly created this once thought of dream to become a reality – one of such people is Angela Davis.

Born in Birmingham Alabama in 1944, Davis lived in a community where her ethnicity determined her a minority group. Being at the receiving end of racism that was justified by legislation. 15 years later, Davis moved to New York, tapping into her interest in communism theories while in Elizabeth Irwin Highschool, Greenwhich village.

in 1961 Angela Davis was accepting into Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts , being one of the only two black students in her first year. Studying philosophy, Davis managed to travel outside of American borders, networking with like-minded individuals at the Eighth World Festival for Youth and Students in Helsinki, Finland.  A few years later, Angela Davis moved to France to study the French language but also tapped into philosophy and Marxist theories.

Through violent attacks on black people in her hometown, and activism on equal rights and black consciousness, Davis was soon drawn to make a lasting impact in America and moved to San Diego to give in her input in activism – speaking at rallies, aiding prisoners with legal assistance, where she was soon ridiculed and berated for doing ‘a mans job’.

Unshaken by empty utterances, Davis joined various groups including the Black Panther Party in Los Angeles – an organization extraordinarily misrepresented by media. Her primary group of interest was the Che-Lumumba Club, which stems from principles of communism.

in 1970 still working as an Afrolutionist in activism, a warrant from the FBI was sent out for Angela Davis arrest. She was suspected for being a conspirator in the attempt to free George Jackson from a courtroom in Marin County, California. Although she was later arrested, it was the Free Angela Davis campaigns that sought for her release. Two years later, after a bail was posted and she was tried, Angela Davis was later acquitted of the charges.

Today, 71-year-old Angela Davis has 8 books under her belt, one of which she contributed to while in prison, is a member of the executive board of the Women of Color Resource Center, is affiliated with Sisters Inside Australia and speaks publicly with scholars , students and general members of society around the globe.


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