Angela Davis is a writer, feminist, political activist, and educator. She rose to prominence in 1969 when her campaign to defend three black soldiers in Soledad Prison and her affiliation with the Communist Party led to her being fired from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1970, Davis was accused of purchasing the guns used in the Marin County Courthouse Shootings. She was imprisoned for 16 months while awaiting trial where she was found not guilty. Following her own experience with arrest and imprisonment, she founded Critical Resistance, a national organization aimed to dismantle the prison-industrial complex.
Davis is also known for her involvement in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz although she no longer teaches there.
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
There is an excellent show about Angela Davis at the Oakland Museum until through June 11, 2023. Here is the video included in the show.