“Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.” ~Angela Davis, activist, author, educator
Celebrating the birthday of an icon, Angela Davis!
If you haven’t done so yet, check out the powerful documentary about her life’s journey, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, which has been honored with a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Best Theatrical Documentary. Free Angela is now available in stores.
Pratibha Pamar’s “A Place of Rage” celebrates African American women and their achievements, and features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society. A stirring chapter in African American history, highlighted by music from Prince, Janet Jackson, the Neville Brothers and the Staple Singers.
Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, Communist and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department. (Wikipedia)
Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been. ~Angela Davis
- If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance (New York: Third Press, 1971)
- Angela Davis: An Autobiography, Random House (September 1974), ISBN 0-394-48978-0
- Joan Little: The Dialectics of Rape (New York: Lang Communications, 1975)
- Women, Race, & Class (February 12, 1983), ISBN 0-394-71351-6.
- Women, Culture & Politics, Vintage (February 19, 1990), ISBN 0-679-72487-7.
- The Angela Y. Davis Reader (ed. Joy James), Wiley-Blackwell (December 11, 1998), ISBN 0-631-20361-3.
- Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, Vintage Books (January 26, 1999), ISBN 0-679-77126-3
- Are Prisons Obsolete?, Open Media (April 2003), ISBN 1-58322-581-1
- Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire, Seven Stories Press (October 1, 2005), ISBN 1-58322-695-8.
- The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues (City Lights, 2012), ISBN 978-0872865808
- Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, Haymarket Books (2015), ISBN 978-1-60846-564-4
- Interview Angela Davis http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/race/interviews/davis.html