Davis, Angela Y.

1960’s political activist, Black Panther associate, 1980 & 1984 Communist Party VP candidate

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(b. 1944) African-American political activist in the Civil Rights Movement and Communist Party candidate for US Vice President in 1980 & 1984, with Gus Hall. She identifies herself now as a democratic socialist. Acquitted in Aug. 1970 abduction & killing of Marin County, Cal. Judge Harold Haley. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, by her junior year in high school, she was accepted at American Friends Service Committee program that placed Black students from the South in integrated schools in the North. At high school in Greenwich Village, NYC, introduced to socialism and communism, recruited by Communist youth group, Advance. Awarded scholarship to Brandeis University, one of 3 Black students in her freshman class. Encountered Communist theoretician Herbert Marcuse at rally during the Cuban Missile Crisis and became his student. Attended 8th World Festival of Youth and Students in Helsinki, Finland. Davis was accepted by Hamilton College Junior Year in France Program and at classes in Biarritz, received news of 1963 KKK Birmingham church bombing, which deeply affected her as she was acquainted with the 4 young victims. Became interested in Marcuse’s ideas and on return to Brandeis she sat in on his course without credit. Davis made plans to attend University of Frankfurt for graduate work in philosophy. In 1965 she graduated magna cum laude, member of Phi Beta Kappa. After visiting East Berlin, she felt the East German government was dealing better with residual effects of fascism than West Germany. Many of her roommates were active in the radical Socialist German Student Union (SDS), and she participated in SDS actions. Marcuse moved to UCAL San Diego; she followed him after her 2 years in Frankfurt. On way home, she attended a London conference on "The Dialectics of Liberation." African-American contingent included Stokely Carmichael and British Michael X. Though moved by Carmichael's rhetoric, she was disappointed by Black nationalist sentiments and their rejection of Communism as a "white man's thing." She believed nationalism was a barrier to grappling with the underlying issue, capitalist domination of working people of all races. Earned master's degree from San Diego campus and her Ph. D. from Humboldt University in East Berlin. Davis was an acting asst. professor in the UCLA philosophy department from 1969, known as a radical feminist and activist, member of the Communist Party USA and associate of the Black Panther Party. The Board of Regents of the University of California, urged by Governor Ronald Reagan, fired her in 1969 because of her Party but she was rehired after legal action was taken. On Aug, 7, 1970, Superior Court Judge Harold Haley was abducted from his Marin County courtroom and murdered during an effort to free a convict. Firearms used in the attack were purchased in Davis's name, incl. the shotgun used to kill Haley, purchased 2 days prior and sawed-off. She was charged as an accomplice to conspiracy, kidnapping, & homicide. Davis became the 3rd woman and 309th person to appear on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. She fled California and evaded police for over 2 months before being captured in NYC. A 1972 jury returned verdict of not guilty. After her release, Davis moved to Cuba, following fellow radicals Huey Newton and Stokely Carmichael. Her reception by Afro-Cubans at a mass rally was so enthusiastic that she was reportedly barely able to speak. Davis ran for Vice President on the Communist ticket in 1980 and 1984, with veteran party leader Gus Hall. She also won the Lenin Peace Prize for her civil rights activism. She has continued a career of activism, writing several books. One of the primary founders of Critical Resistance, national grassroots organization dedicated to abolition of the prison system. Davis helped form the African American Agenda 2000, an alliance of Black feminists. Davis left the Communist Party USA to help found the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Vintage AQS “Venceremos!” (“We shall overcome” in Spanish) on 3 ¼ x 5 card.

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