The revolutionary Angela Yvonne Davis was born on this day, January 26th, 1944.
Born into a African American family in the south, Davis was exposed to incredible amounts of racism throughout her childhood in Alabama. Once detailing how “the sounds of dynamite” are some of the earliest memories she has, the sounds being homes of Black people who dared to move into a the neighborhood being bombed.
Her work doesn’t just begin during the Black power era of the 60’s and the 70’s many can recognize her from. Davis has been recored to have held interracial study groups during her youth in addition she knew several of the victims from the 1963 Church bombings that killed four young African American girls. Through her higher education she became a member of the communist party and the Black Panther group, among others she joined. She has a BA from Brandeis University, Masters from University of California, San Diego as well as a Doctorate from Humboldt University of Berlin.
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” – Angela Davis
Besides being an activist, she is also a professor and author of several great works. She is a pioneer for Black Women and people alike and deserves her flowers.
Which is exactly what I want to highlight here today. I think in society we have a habit of paying more attention to those of us who have transitioned on instead of the people that we have still with us, alive and well. Angela Davis is somebody I have admired for years and am looking forward to finishing her catalogue of texts.
And if by some chance you are not familiar with her or her work, I highly suggest taking the time to change that.
- This Black owned bookstore carries a lot of her works
- Angela Davis on Violence and Revolution
- Angela Davis on feminism, communism and being a Black Panther during the civil rights movement
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis