Little Known Black History Fact: Angela Davis

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Dr. Angela Davis remains one of the historic figures of the Black Power and civil rights movements. Although Dr. Davis transitioned from a revolutionary figure to an academic, she has remained true to her politics and aims for social justice.

Davis was born January 26th, 1944 in Birmingham, Ala. Raised in the deep South, Davis was exposed to racism and segregation early on. By way of her mother, then the President of the Southern Negro Youth Congress, which allegedly had support from the Communist Party, Davis was also taught the ideologies of communism and socialism.

When Davis entered Brandeis University, she pledged herself to fully to communist causes. Studying philosophy under legendary professor Herbert Marcuse, Davis immersed herself in her studies, eventually landing at the University of Paris after switching majors to French. During her time there, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church happened…

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