Angela Davis

Black Activist

Early Life

Angela Davis was born on January 26,1944, in Birmingham, Alabama. Davis was a writer, activist and educator. She joined the U.S. communist party and was jailed for charges related to a prison outbreak, though ultimately cleared. She was know for book like women,race and class.


Davis later moved north and went to Brandeis University in Massachusetts where she studied philosophy with Herbert Marcuse. As a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, in the late 1960's she joined several groups, including the Black Panthers.

Major Events in Career

After spending time traveling and lecturing, Davis returned to teaching. Today, she is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses on history of consciousness. She also achieve the award of American Books.