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Free Angela Davis

ID Number: 11207
Maker: National United Front to Free Billy Dean Smith and All Political Prisoners; Peace Press
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1970
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 59 cm x 44.5 cm; 23 1/4 x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party; political prisoners
Materials: Matte paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Free Angela Davis "I think that if we look around us we see that somehow or another a very small minority of people in this country have all of the wealth in their hands and to top that, we don't even see them out working. We do not see them in the factories. We don't see them in the fields. We don't see them using their labor to produce the products which they then present. That tells me that something is wrong. Why is it that the masses of the people in this country have to work eight hours a day every day and somehow or another what they produce goes to some people who are sitting out at a country club, on a golf course, and not doing a damn thing? That tells me that something is wrong and it tells me that the real criminals in this society are not all of the people who populate the prisons across the state, but those people who have stolen the wealth of the world from the people. Those are the criminals. And that means the Rockerfellers, the Kennedys, and that means the state that is designed to protect their property, because that's what Nixon's doing, that's what Reagan's doing, that's what they're all doing. And so every time a black child in this city dies, we should indict them for murder, because they're the ones who killed that black child." --Angela Davis, June 27, 1970 printed by Peace Press a people's printing collective [on stamp] National United Front To Free Billy Dean Smith And All Political Prisoners 4621 South Broadway Los Angeles, California 90037

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Stamped with National United Front to Free Billy Dean Smith and All Political Prisoners

Production Notes: Peace Press credited on bottom right side, with bug. Tan, matte paper.

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Exhibition Annotation:
ANGELA DAVIS Born in 1944 and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Angela Davis graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and pursued graduate studies at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt and the University of California, San Diego.   Davis was hired as a member of the Department of Philosophy at UCLA in 1969. The day her appointment began (July 1, 1969) the student newspaper published an article provided by an FBI undercover agent, informing the community that the Philosophy Department had hired a Communist. The Regents of the University of California immediately and illegally attempted to fire her. They were unsuccessful. Her teaching, despite the pressures on her, was impressive, and the Philosophy Department requested that Davis be rehired for the 1970-71 academic year. The issue of a reappointment, however, became moot. In 1970, Davis was charged with planning a prison revolt by three black prisoners and accused of supplying the gun that killed four people on August 7, 1970 at the Marin County Courthouse. In one of the most famous trials in U.S. history, Davis was charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. In 1972, after 16 months in jail, she was tried and acquitted of the charges.   Davis is an internationally regarded writer, scholar, lecturer, and crusader for human rights. She was a member of the Communist Party, U.S.A. from 1968 to 1990, and ran in 1980 and 1984 as their vice presidential candidate. She is a founder and co‑chair of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and is a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence. She lives in California, where she teaches philosophy, aesthetics and women's studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.* *[update 2019: has since retired from UC Santa Cruz]

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