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Angela Davis biography and accomplishments


> Who is she?
Born in 1944 in the state of Alabama, Angela Davis is a communist campaigner for civil rights, a member of the Black Panther movement and a professor of philosophy.

But her Marxist and revolutionary activism saw her name figure on the FBI's most wanted list in the 1960s, on the orders of J. Edgar Hoover.

In 1972, she was sentenced to death for having participated in a fatal shooting. Thanks to an international mobilisation, she was finally acquitted. And she became an icon of the struggle for black people's rights.

> Accomplishments
Angela Davis soon learnt that equality between white and black people would only exist if there was also equality between men and women, and she quickly became the leading figure of black feminism.

> Also
After her arrest, Angela Davis was openly supported by Aragon, Sartre, Prévert, The Rolling Stones (who dedicated the song Sweet Black Angel to her) and John Lennon who wrote her the song Angela.


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26/10/2011
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