Angela Davis

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Angela Davis

Angela Davis

January 26, 19944

In 1969, Davis had begun her teaching career as an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). However, because of her political views, the State Board of Regents dismissed her. Although a court order reinstated her, Davis's contract was not renewed the next year.

Angela was a member of the (CPUSA) Communist Party of the United States. She was a National known therapist, activist political leader who ran twice for president on the Communist Party in 1980 and 1984. As a leader and co-founder of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Angela worked to free people believed to be jailed for racist or political motives.

Angela Davis is now a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She teaches courses on the History of consciousness, teaching about feminism, African-American studies, and other subjects. She holds the Presidential Chair in African-American and feminist studies. She is also on the board of directors of the National Political Congress of Black Women and of the National Black Women's Health Project.

As I gathered information about Angela Davis, I realized that she was arrested. When Angela was freed she changed her life around. That is something that many people in my community do. I also saw that Angela worked to free people believed to be jailed for racial or political motives. I learned that many people work hard to do whats right and to see them succeed.

Angela Davis grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. During her childhood segregation was in full force, black residents were constantly on guard against violance. Angela was helping to found Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a major civil rights organization of the time.

Angela Davis became involved with George Jackson, a black activist jailed in Soledad Prison. He and others attempted to escape from a California courthouse, in an incident that erupted into a shootout. Davis was accused of planning the escape and of supplying a gun that killed four people. She was jailed for 16 months, but was finally acquitted and freed in 1972.


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