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Prof. Angela Yvonne Davis Ph.D.

Self Description

June 2007: "Angela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.

Professor Davis's political activism began when she was a youngster in Birmingham, Alabama, and continued through her high school years in New York. But it was not until 1969 that she came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List on false charges, and was the subject of an intense police search that drove her underground and culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international "Free Angela Davis" campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972.

Professor Davis's long-standing commitment to prisoners' rights dates back to her involvement in the campaign to free the Soledad Brothers, which led to her own arrest and imprisonment. Today she remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Prison Activist Resource Center, and currently in working on a comparative study of women's imprisonment in the U.S., the Netherlands, and Cuba.

During the last twenty-five years, Professor Davis has lectured in all of the fifty United States, as well as in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the former Soviet Union. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of five books, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography; Women, Race, and Class; Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday; and The Angela Y. Davis Reader.

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan once vowed that Angela Davis would never again teach in the University of California system. Today she is a tenured professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1994, she received the distinguished honor of an appointment to the University of California Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2007: "As Angela Davis explains in her book Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor, young prosecutors too often see their goal as winning rather than doing justice. The culture of their offices and the adversarial nature of the criminal justice system push them in this direction."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Supporter of (past or present) Black Panther Party, The ("Black Panthers") Organization Jun 24, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Brandeis University Organization Jun 24, 2007
Member of (past or present) Organization Executive (past or present) Communist Party USA Organization Jun 24, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Organization Jun 24, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC) Organization Jun 24, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA ) Organization Jun 24, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) Organization Jun 24, 2007
Opponent (past or present) President Ronald Wilson Reagan Person Jun 24, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jun 18, 2007 One-Off Offing: Why you won't see a disbarment like Mike Nifong's again.

QUOTE: Prosecutors almost never face public censure or disbarment for their actions. In fact, it took a perfect storm of powerful defendants, a rapt public, and demonstrable factual innocence to produce the outcome that ended Mr. Nifong's career ... the drama leaves prosecutorial misconduct commonplace, unseen, uncorrected, and unpunished.