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A former leader of the Communist Party USA, Angela Davis is an American social and political activist, Scholar and writer

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BirthdayJanuary 26, 1944
NationalityAmerican
FamousAfrican American Authors, Humanitarian, Communists, Activists, Civil Rights Activists, Political Activists, Writers
IdeologiesCommunists
City/StateAlabama
SpousesHilton Braithwaite
SiblingsBen Davis - Reginald davis - Fania Davis Jordan
Known asAngela Yvonne Davis
Universities
  • University Of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • Elisabeth Irwin High School
  • New York City
  • NY - Brandeis University - MA
  • University of California at San Diego (1968)
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of California
  • San Diego (UCSD)
  • University Of California
  • San Diego (UCSD)
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Critical Resistance
Birth PlaceBirmingham
Political IdeologyCommunist Party USA
GenderFemale
FatherFrank Davis
MotherSallye Davis
Net Worth$75 Million as of June 16,2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inBirmingham
Famous asPolitical Activist

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Who is Angela Davis?

Angela Yvonne Davis is considered to be a distinguished social and political activist of the United States. She has made a huge contribution in the uplifting of the political and social conditions of black in the American society. She was born and brought up in Alabama by her upper middle class parents, who were also in political scene of their times. Davis has studied in New York, Frankfurt and Massachusetts, where she polished her already existing communist ideas in her mind. She started as an associate professor at the University of California in the subject of philosophy and side by side got involved in the Communist Party USA and the Black Panther Party. It was in the 1970s that Davis got in trouble with the law when one of her subject of study, a young black boy who was imprisoned, tried to escape from the jail and was found with a weapon that was claimed to have been given to him by Davis. She tried to flee the law but was caught and put in the jail until all of the charges on her were withdrawn. Davis has been a keynote speaker on the issues of feminism, condition of the prisoners in the jails of United States and the liberation of gays and lesbians at many renowned universities and institutions since that incident.

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Childhood & Early Years

Angela Davis was born on 26 January 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama to Frank Davis and Sallye Davis. She belonged to a well to do black family. Her father owned a service station and her mother was a elementary school teacher.

She has two brothers and a sister and she graduated from the Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Her mother was into politics when she was growing up, so she was always surrounded by thinkers and activists.

Career

In 1959, Davis went to New York to broaden her educational horizons and attended the Elizabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village. She was introduced to the concept of communism here and made her think of racism and poverty.

In 1961, she attended the Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachussetts. She was one of the few black students here and felt isolated psychologically. She became increasing interested in the subject of philosophy here.

In 1962, she went to Europe to be a part of the Eighth World Festival for Youth and Students in Finland. She took this up as an opportunity to meet up revolutionary scholars like herself in the festival.

After studying for a few years in the University of Frankfurt, in 1969 Davis worked as an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She became a member of the Communist Party USA and joined the Black Panther Party.

At UCLA, the Board of Regents kept trying to get Davis fired from her post because of her association with the Communist Party USA. They were finally able to do it in 1970 - Davis was fired from UCLA for using inflammatory language.

In 1971, it was claimed that Davis provided weapon in the prison to a seventeen year old black prisoner called George Jackson, who was killed in an encounter while trying to escape from the prison in San Quentin.

After this incident and charges on her, Davis went on a run and was listed in the most wanted criminals’ list by the FBI. She was arrested in New York but all the charges on her were withdrawn after the trial.

In 1972, Davis resumed teaching at the San Francisco State University, even though she was barred from teaching at big universities after charges on her.

From 1975-1977, Davis worked as the lecturer of African-American studies at the Claremont College and later went on to teach women and ethnic studies at the San Francisco University.

In 1979, Davis was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in Soviet Union and was made the honorary professor at the Moscow State University.

In 1980, she became the vice-president of the Communist Party. She urged the people of United States to revolutionize with realism and tried to convince the radicals to accumulate support for the Democratic Party.

She was again elected as the vice-president of the Communist Party in 1984 and wrote many books on activism. Her main focus of social work was the state of prisoners in the United States.

In 1995, Davis formed the African American Agenda 2000 to alliance Black Feminists after she opposed the Million Man March, opposing the absence of women from the event.

In 2003, she gave a lecture at the Agnes Scott College, talking about the unfairness of the death penalty, bringing reform in the prisons, issues of the minority in the society and the backdrops of the criminal justice system in the US.

In 2007, she started teaching 'History of Consciousness' at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was also the commencement speaker at Grinnell College.

In 2008, Davis gave a lecture at Howard University and was the closing keynote speaker at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference. She also spoke on Gender studies in College of Charleston.

In 2009, she was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration at the Louisiana State University. She was also a speaker at the University of Virginia Carter G. Woodson.

In 2010, Davis spoke at the Trinity University, Texas on the occasion of MLK Day Celebration. She expressed her goals for shutting down prisons altogether at the conference.

In 2012, Davis gave a Commencement Address at the Pitzer College, Claremont and was awarded with the Blue Planet Award for her work in the field of humanity and the welfare of the planet in the same year.

In 2013, she delivered a speech at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN on the issues of prison in the United States and also spoke at the 18th Annual Building Bridges Conference.

Personal Life & Legacy

Davis declared herself a lesbian in Out magazine in the later 60s. She has worked for the rights and acceptance of gays, lesbians and transgender in the society.

Trivia

There is a song written on Davis called ‘Angela’ and it was sung by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1972 and was included in Lennon’s album ‘Some Time in New York City’.

Todd Cochran has also recorded a song on Davis called ‘Free Angela (Thoughts… and all I’ve to say).

Rolling Stones’ song ‘Sweet Black Angel’ was dedicated to her.

Davis spent many months in the jail in 1971.

She thinks of Cuba as a racism-free country.

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Angela Davis biography timelines

  • // 26th Jan 1944
    Angela Davis was born on 26 January 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama to Frank Davis and Sallye Davis. She belonged to a well to do black family. Her father owned a service station and her mother was a elementary school teacher.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, Davis went to New York to broaden her educational horizons and attended the Elizabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village. She was introduced to the concept of communism here and made her think of racism and poverty.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, she attended the Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachussetts. She was one of the few black students here and felt isolated psychologically. She became increasing interested in the subject of philosophy here.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, she went to Europe to be a part of the Eighth World Festival for Youth and Students in Finland. She took this up as an opportunity to meet up revolutionary scholars like herself in the festival.
  • // 1969
    After studying for a few years in the University of Frankfurt, in 1969 Davis worked as an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She became a member of the Communist Party USA and joined the Black Panther Party.
  • // 1970
    At UCLA, the Board of Regents kept trying to get Davis fired from her post because of her association with the Communist Party USA. They were finally able to do it in 1970 - Davis was fired from UCLA for using inflammatory language.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, it was claimed that Davis provided weapon in the prison to a seventeen year old black prisoner called George Jackson, who was killed in an encounter while trying to escape from the prison in San Quentin.
  • // 1971
    Davis spent many months in the jail in 1971.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, Davis resumed teaching at the San Francisco State University, even though she was barred from teaching at big universities after charges on her.
  • // 1972
    There is a song written on Davis called ‘Angela’ and it was sung by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1972 and was included in Lennon’s album ‘Some Time in New York City’.
  • // 1975 To 1977
    From 1975-1977, Davis worked as the lecturer of African-American studies at the Claremont College and later went on to teach women and ethnic studies at the San Francisco University.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, Davis was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in Soviet Union and was made the honorary professor at the Moscow State University.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, she became the vice-president of the Communist Party. She urged the people of United States to revolutionize with realism and tried to convince the radicals to accumulate support for the Democratic Party.
  • // 1984
    She was again elected as the vice-president of the Communist Party in 1984 and wrote many books on activism. Her main focus of social work was the state of prisoners in the United States.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, Davis formed the African American Agenda 2000 to alliance Black Feminists after she opposed the Million Man March, opposing the absence of women from the event.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, she gave a lecture at the Agnes Scott College, talking about the unfairness of the death penalty, bringing reform in the prisons, issues of the minority in the society and the backdrops of the criminal justice system in the US.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, she started teaching 'History of Consciousness' at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was also the commencement speaker at Grinnell College.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Davis gave a lecture at Howard University and was the closing keynote speaker at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference. She also spoke on Gender studies in College of Charleston.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, she was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration at the Louisiana State University. She was also a speaker at the University of Virginia Carter G. Woodson.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, Davis spoke at the Trinity University, Texas on the occasion of MLK Day Celebration. She expressed her goals for shutting down prisons altogether at the conference.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, Davis gave a Commencement Address at the Pitzer College, Claremont and was awarded with the Blue Planet Award for her work in the field of humanity and the welfare of the planet in the same year.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, she delivered a speech at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN on the issues of prison in the United States and also spoke at the 18th Annual Building Bridges Conference.

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Angela Davis's FAQ

  • What is Angela Davis birthday?

    Angela Davis was born at 1944-01-26

  • Where is Angela Davis's birth place?

    Angela Davis was born in Birmingham

  • What is Angela Davis nationalities?

    Angela Davis's nationalities is American

  • What is Angela Davis ideologies?

    Angela Davis's ideologies is Communists

  • Who is Angela Davis spouses?

    Angela Davis's spouses is Hilton Braithwaite

  • Who is Angela Davis siblings?

    Angela Davis's siblings is Ben Davis - Reginald davis - Fania Davis Jordan

  • What was Angela Davis universities?

    Angela Davis studied at University Of California, San Diego (UCSD), Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York City, NY - Brandeis University - MA, University of California at San Diego (1968)

  • What was Angela Davis notable alumnis?

    Angela Davis's notable alumnis is University Of California, San Diego (UCSD), University Of California, San Diego (UCSD)

  • Which company or organization was founded by Angela Davis?

    Angela Davis was the founder/co-founder of Critical Resistance

  • What is Angela Davis's political ideology?

    Angela Davis's political ideology is Communist Party USA

  • Who is Angela Davis's father?

    Angela Davis's father is Frank Davis

  • Who is Angela Davis's mother?

    Angela Davis's mother is Sallye Davis

  • What is Angela Davis's sun sign?

    Angela Davis is Aquarius

  • How famous is Angela Davis?

    Angela Davis is famouse as Political Activist