Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA and was in close relations to the Black Panther Party, but was never an official member of the party, and through her association with the Civil Rights Movement. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of "Critical Resistance", an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the university's Feminist Studies department.
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“The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that positions be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that ones contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.”
—Angela Davis (b. 1944)
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