Monday, March 17, 2008

Angela Davis - Women's History Month

Let’s kick off this Monday with the lady who truly knows how to speak out loud…

Angela Davis (January 26, 1944) was iconic in the early ‘70s. Angela is a feminist, civil rights and prison rights activist, and a professor. She is the daughter of an auto mechanic and a school teacher, and she was involved with the Black Panther Party as well as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Because of her associations, she was one of the top 10 most wanted for the FBI.

During this time, there was a lot of hate, discrimination and violence. Angela experienced racial segregation and was often humiliated as a child because of her color. The era that Angela lived through was a time of when the world was just full of problems. She spent a lot of time traveling and studying, and through her own set of eyes witnessed the many social problems that the world was facing. Because of this, Angela felt the need to stand up and make a difference.

Much later, Angela was linked to the murder of Judge Harold Haley during a Black Panther prison break because the gun used to kill Haley was registered under her name. She went on the run, was caught two months later, stayed in jail for 18 months, went to trial, and all the charges were dropped.

Presently, Angela is lecturing worldwide, and she’s been teaching classes at universities, as well as being involved in board committees and organizations. So far, Angela has written eight books and is currently in the process of finishing another one. Angela has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality.

She’s highly resourceful as she draws upon her own experiences to motivate others.

Just wonder what the world would be like today without Angela Davis!

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