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Angela Davis (1944– ) (Wikimedia Commons)

Angela Davis is one of the world's preeminent activists and public intellectuals. Persecuted for her political convictions as a member of the Communist Party, USA, placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, and jailed for sixteen-months for her support of the Soledad Brothers, Davis came to embody the radicalism of the Black Power Movement in the late-1960s and early-1970s. In her life and her scholarship, she has forged an intersectional practice that combines black feminist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and abolitionist thought. Davis is co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national organization that works to end the prison"industrial complex, and also author of nine books, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography (1974), Women, Race, and Class (1983), Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday (1999), and Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire (2005). Davis is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught for many years in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments

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