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Angela Davis

Angela Davis is professor emerita of the history of consciousness and feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

For over four decades, Angela Davis has been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. She rose to national attention in 1969 when she was fired as a professor from UCLA as a result of her membership in the Communist party and her leading a campaign to defend three black prisoners at Soledad prison.

Davis is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a prisoner forty years ago. She is a founder of the group Critical Resistance, a grassroots effort to end the prison-industrial complex. She was twice a candidate for Vice President on the Communist Party USA ticket in the 1980s.

Her books include:

See Angela Davis interviewed on Democracy Now in 2010 discussing the prison abolishment movement, Frederick Douglass, and the 40th anniversary of her arrest.

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