10 things every black person must know about the amazing Angela Davis

Published On November 22, 2014 | By Admin | Black Power 60s, Extraordinary women, Politics, The latest posts

Angela Davis ran for Vice-President twice under the Communist Party but then left the Party to co-found the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism because the former supported the 1991 Soviet coup d’etat.  More interesting facts about Davis below

by Marie Seva

Angela Davis is an activist, a feminist,  a professor and an author who is affiliated with the Black Panther Party but not a member, and who is also an advocate of prisoner’s rights. Here are 10 more facts about this tenacious scholar:

1. ) Angela Yvonne Davis was born on January 26, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Her influence in Communism came from her exposure to the Southern Negro Congress to which her mother was a national officer.

2.) In the 1960’s and 1970’s, one of her brothers, Ben Davis, played for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns as defensive back.

3.)Davis was one of only three black students in her freshman class in Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she was awarded a scholarship.

4.) Davis was a member of the honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.  She graduated as magna cum laude in 1965 at the University of Frankfurt.

5.) Davis was invited to teach at Princeton and at Swarthmore, however, she chose to accept the role of assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  However, Governor Ronald Reagan had her removed from the University due to her being a member of the Communist Party.   She resumed her post after Judge Jerry Pacht ruled in her favor, but was again fired after the University Regents cited her making use of “inflammatory language.”

6.) President Richard Nixon called Davis a “dangerous terrorist” when he congratulated the FBI for her capture following her alleged involvement in the Marin County courtroom shootout.   She’d originally been only the third woman ever to be listed on the FBI’s most wanted list.

7.) Quite a number of people all over the nation agreed that Davis was innocent, and they showed support for her in many ways.  Among them was Garrett Brock Trapnell ‘s hijacking of the TWA Flight 2 in January 1972.  He had the release of Davis among his list of demands.

8.) In one of the issues of “Out” Magazine in 1997, Davis boldly revealed that she was a lesbian.

9.) In 2012, Davis revealed that she had a heart for animals too, as she stated that she was a vegan at the 27th Empowering Women of Color Conference.

10.) In 1979, Davis became a recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize for her distinguished contributions to uphold Civil Rights.  In 2012, she received the 2011 Blue Planet  Award for her continuous efforts for humanity and the welfare of the planet.



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