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2001 Dr. Angela Y. Davis

Headshot Dr. Angela Y. Davis

“Racist Idaho?”

Angela Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the United States and abroad. Over the years, she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era. Davis’ 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 into national attention after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department at UCLA as a result of her social activism. Today, Angel Davis is a tenured professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of five books including Woman, Race, and Class; and Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.