Angela Y. Davis

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Angela Y. Davis is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Davis grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and has been an activist and Marxist-Feminist in the Black Power and abolitionist movements since the late 1960s. In the 1980s, her book Women, Race and Class helped to establish the concept of intersectionality. She also helped to develop the concept of prison abolition, especially in her books Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003) and Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire (2005). Recently, Dr. Davis has written about the international movement in solidarity with Palestine in Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (2015). Dr. Davis is an internationalist and anti-capitalist and is best known for having served sixteen months in prison in California in the early 1970s for the death of four men in a shoot-out between police and political activists that she did not take part in. Her work helped to lay the theoretical groundwork for the #DefundthePolice movement.

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Angela Y. Davis with Barbara Ransby, (Events)

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