Libertad Para Angela Davis
Maker: Felix Beltrán; Comite Por La Libertad de Angela Davis
Date Made: circa 1970
Place Made: Caribbean: Cuba
Measurements: 56.5 cm x 36 cm; 22 1/4 in x 14 3/16 in
Main Subject: African Americans; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Libertad Para Angela Davis Comite Por La Libertad de Angela Davis Cuba
Acquisition Number: 2011-213
Translation: Freedom for Angela Davis Committee for the freedom of Angela Davis Cuba
Production Notes: Red face, black hair, blue background.
Copyright status unknown; may be protected by copyright law.
ANGELA DAVIS was born in 1944 and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She 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.