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‘I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept’ - Angela Y Davies

Angela Davis looking thoughtful at a podiumSource: Pinterest


Now seems a particularly important time to remember the actions, struggle and work by Angela Davies. An American political activist, academic and author of over ten books on class, feminism, race and the US prison system where she was wrongly held for over one year during 1970/71 on three capital felonies including conspiracy to murder, until she was acquitted of all charges in 1972.


People protesting to free Angela Davis at anti-Vietnam war protests 1970
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She continued to write and remain active, visiting the eastern bloc and holding a position of professor of ethnic studies at San Francisco State University through the 70’s & 80’s.

Angela Davis, San Rafael, USA. June 28, 1971 Source: Pinterest


Angela joined the feminist studies department at the university of California where she became department director before retiring in 2008. She has received various awards as well as sustaining criticism from the highest levels of the US government for her beliefs. Angela was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, listed as the 1971 Woman of the Year in the Times Magazine 100 women of the year edition, which covered the previous 100 years that began with women's suffrage in 1920.

Reprints of the FBI’s “Wanted” poster of Angela Davis graced the walls of many college dorm rooms in the fall of 1970 when Davis was on the run. Top: Three versions of Félix Beltrán’s most famous image of Angela Davis, first printed in Cuba in 1971.

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This inspirational Awake NY Angela T-shirt could not be more appropriate for our current fractured times. Without Angela Y Davies there would be no Vice President Kamala Harris.

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