Angela Davis

By Nataja Watson

Job title & Age

Age- 71, Angela Davis was born Angela Yvonne Davis on January 26, 1944.

Job Title

-leader of the communist party in the USA

-Founded Critical resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison industrial complex.

-She's also a retired with the history of consciousnes department at the University of California, in Santa Cruz.

-A former director of the university feminist study department.

Family life & Background

Angela Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama.

-Her family lived in the "Dynamite Hills" neighborhood, which was marked by racial conflict.

- Her brother Ben Davis played defensive back for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

-Angela Davis attended Carrie A. Tuggle School, an black elementary school; later she attended Parker Annex a middle school branch of Parker high school. During this time Angela Davis' mother, Sallye Bell Davis was a national officer and leading organizer of the southern negro youth congress.

Influencing Events

Outside of academia, Angela Davis had became a strong supporter of three prion inmates of Soledad prison. These three men were accused of killing a prison guard after several African Americans inmates had been killed in a fight by another guard. Some thought the prisoners were being used scapegoats because of the political work within the prison. During Jacksons trial in August 1970, an escape attempt was made and several people involved the courtroom were killed. Davis was brought up on several charges, the two main pieces of evidence that were used at trial were that the guns used were registered to her and she was reportedly in love with Jackson. After spending roughly 18 months in jail, Angela Davis was acquitted in June 1972.
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