Angela Yvonne Davis|
(1944 - living) U.S.A.
Prominent in the U.S. student movement of the 1960s, Angela Davis was born to a teacher-turned-businessman and his wife in Birmingham, Alabama. Her quest for education in a segregated era took her overseas to Germany, and then back to the East Coast where she completed her B.A. at Brandeis. It was when she was seeking a doctorate at UCSD that she first came into contact with the theory of the Communist Party. Davis decided to become a member, and in 1970, despite an exemplary teaching record, her contract as a philosophy lecturer at UCLA was not renewed.
At the university of California, she studied under Marcuse, and was assistant professor of philosophy at UCLA 1969-70. Later in 1970 she went into hiding after being accused of supplying guns used in the murder of a judge seized as hostage in an attempt to secure the release of three African American convicts (known as the Soledad brothers from the name of their prison) but was captured, tried, and acquitted on all charges by an all-white jury. In 1980 she stood as the Communist-vice-presidential candidate.
Angela Davis made what many are interpreting as her coming out statement during her keynote address and press conference at the Sixth Annual BGLLF Conference (1993) in Long Beach, California. She also wrote about a life-long interest in great black women jazz singers. She returned to the academic fold teaching philosophy and aesthetics and was granted a presidential chair at UC Santa Cruz in 1995. She also lectures around the country on her experiences and personal politics.