This article is a reflection of what happened the day Angela Davis was acquitted of the charges that brought against her. One of the four attorneys that represented Davis- Mr. Moore- stated that, “It took a worldwide movement of people to acquit Miss Davis, Justice should be a routine of the system”. He believed that her justice wasn’t justice, for it had come at a very high price. It came not because of what is right in the judicial system, but by all the people around the world who fought for her.
Davis, Angela. Angela Davis: An Autobiography. New York City. International Publishes, 1989
This autobiography describes how much of a fighter Angela Davis was. In this book, she describes every aspect of her life, from being apart of the Black Liberation Movement to being on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. She paints the reader a picture of how her life was transformed by the same forces that shaped many other peoples lives. She didn’t want to make it seem like she was a superhero, but wanted to illustrate through her own struggles that a person should only become stronger and keep fighting.
Davis, Angela. Women, Race, and Class. Random House Digital, Inc. 1981
In this book, Angela Davis examines the women’s movement in the U.S from abolitionists’ days to the present. She gives a lesson on women’s history and their contributions. In one chapter, she speaks about racism, birth control, and reproductive rights. She explains that the services that white women saw as liberating were the opposite for blacks, it was linked to poverty and genocide. She also speaks about lynching and sexual abuse of black women by white men. In this book she analyses the difficulties faced when fighting for justice and the conflicts females and women of color faced.
Nadelson, Regina. Who is Angela Davis? The Biography of a Revolutionary. New York, P.H. Wyden, 1972.
In this book, author Regina Nadelson attempts to dig beneath the surface and the media to truly find out who Angela Davis is. Regina who was a classmate of Davis’s only knew her at their high school but didnt know her as a person and didnt take the time to interview or learn more about her. So her book fails to go beyond the clichés that was set for Davis. She fails to answer the question she raised, Who is Angela Davis?
The Rolling Stones. “Sweet Black Angel” (1972). Video. Youtube.
After her time spent in jail, her case inspired songs from popular entertainers. In honor of Davis, The Rolling Stones recorded this tack. To them she was a freedom fighter, not a terrorist as the government saw her. With the lyrics, “She’s a gal in chains, but she keeps on pushing. Would you do the same?”, They pay tribute to her enduring spirit.