Angela Davis

Philosopher, Politician

1944 –

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Who is Angela Davis?

Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a 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 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 a former director of the university's Feminist Studies department.

Her research interests are feminism, African-American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music, social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons. Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan's request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California. She was twice a candidate for Vice President on the Communist Party USA ticket during the 1980s.

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Born
Jan 26, 1944
Birmingham
Also known as
  • Angela Y. Davis
  • Angela Yvonne Davis
  • Davis, Angela
  • DAVIS
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Brandeis University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Elisabeth Irwin High School
  • Goethe University Frankfurt
Employment
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    ( - 2008)
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
    (1969 - )
Lived in
  • Birmingham

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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