Davis, Angela

Davis, Angela

(1944–  ) author, activist; born in Birmingham, Ala. Influenced by the civil rights movement and her graduate training with Herbert Marcuse, she became a controversial activist and Communist Party member. In a trial that received worldwide attention, she was acquitted of all charges in connection with the Soledad Brothers murders (1971–72). A prominent lecturer and teacher, she wrote Women, Race and Class (1980).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Davis, Angela

 

Born Jan. 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Ala. Participant in the antiwar and civil rights movements in the USA. Member of the Communist Party of the USA.

Davis received her higher education at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., but she also studied at the Sorbonne (France) and the University of Frankfurt am Main (Federal Republic of Germany). In 1968 she was granted a master’s degree. She began teaching philosophy in 1969 at the University of California at Los Angeles, but she was dismissed because she was a member of the Communist Party. Because of her progressive views, Davis was arrested in October 1970 on the fabricated charge that she was an accomplice in a murder. Her trial aroused a broad movement in her defense in the USA and in foreign countries, including the USSR.

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(1) DAVIS, Angela. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson,
Industry prejudices remain deep-seated.'' Some African-American actresses, of course, have Oscars (Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer) and some have come close (Diana Ross, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett.) But the momentum of an African-American woman's career seems ever to stall, just when it should soar.
Irwin Mitchell currently has three senior partners at its Newcastle office - Mr Davis, Angela Curran and Roger Maddocks - along with four solicitors, administration and support staff.
Back: Professor Paul Weizer, Mary Gallant-Cote, Josh Davis, Angela Michaud, Shane Martin, Grant McCarter, Matthew Costello and Shelby Henderson of the University of North Texas.
Davis, Angela. "Black Women and the Academy." Callaloo 17.2 (1994): 422-31.