Jan. 26, 1944: Angela Davis is Born


Photo by Ilka Hartmann of Angela Davis during a speech in California in 1981.

Angela Davis, born on January 26, 1944, is a political activist, academic and author.

In 1970, she was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on false charges, jailed, and eventually freed with the help of a national campaign that demanded her release. Davis co-founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex.

Here are two contemporary interviews with Davis of note: discussion about Frederick Douglass with Toni Morrison and reflections on the prison abolition movement on Democracy Now!

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