These Five Facts about Angela Davis Will Make You Proud

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An incredible activist, thinker, and writer on gender, race, class, and prisons, Angela Davis is one of the most notable icons of the Black liberation movement.

In fact, Governor Ronald Reagan was SO threatened by Angela Davis in 1969 that he wanted her thrown out of UCLA, where she was a professor.

As fellow soldiers in the fight for social and racial justice, the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, offered to bail Davis out of jail!

“Angela Davis must go free,” Franklin told Jet magazine. “I’ve been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace.” 

In 1970, Davis fought against the prison-industrial complex to free the Soledad Brothers. A shootout in the Marin County courthouse led to charges. She faced the death penalty.

When she was as young as 5, Davis was taught by her communist parents not to talk to the FBI, who were always trying to get information from her and other children.

Davis became a vegetarian while in prison - maggots infested the meat there. Even when she got out, she could never eat meat again.

Angela Davis’ politics are still getting her in trouble - a testament to how important and critical she and many elders are in the Black liberation movement today.

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