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Angela Davis: an Autobiobraphy Essay

  • Submitted by: SaraSherrard
  • on April 9, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 738 words

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Response on “Angela Davis: An Autobiography” by Angela Davis
Angela Davis emerged as an African American civil rights activist in the 1960's, and has since then become a prominent scholar and author, and is also very well known as an activist for issues involving the privatization of the prison system. Davis was born on January 26, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama to educated African American parents. Having grown up in Alabama and in an especially conflictive area of said state(as we read in A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Birmingham, Alabama is where the 16th Street Baptist Church 1963 bombing took place); Davis was aware of racial prejudice starting at a very young age.   As a young woman she had ample opportunity to observe the effects of racism on the lives of her neighbors and friends. After receiving her schooling in Alabama, her junior year of high school Davis decided to apply for integrated northern schools; and got accepted to the Elizabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village, New York City. As a student there, she became fascinated by the Communist Party; an organization she would later hold strong ties with. Davis went on to study at Brandeis University, the University of Frankfurt and the University of California. At the University of California, Davis was fired from her position because of her association with the Communist Party. She fought them back in court and eventually got her job back.
As a leading advocate for African American civil rights in the United States and a champion in the cause of African American prisoners, Davis was a strong supporter of the Soledad Brothers case, and eventually grew very attached to George Jackson; one of the brothers. Davis led demonstrations and gave speeches calling for parole of the young black prisoners. After an abortive courtroom escape and kidnapping attempt in August 1970 in which four people, including Jackson's brother and the trial judge, were killed, Davis...

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