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Davis, Angela Y.(1944–)
Angela Yvonne Davis is an African American activist and scholar who was charged and arrested for an alleged role in the August 7, 1970, failed escape of three inmates at the Marin County courthouse in California. Davis was accused of supplying guns used in the inmate escape and conspiring to free Soledad Brother George Jackson. While evading arrest on these charges, she became the third woman in U.S. history to be placed on the FBI's Most Wanted List. Arrested in New York on October 13, 1970, she spent 16 months in jail prior to being granted bail after a California Supreme Court decision ruled on a death penalty case that changed her bail status. A jury found Davis not guilty of all charges on June 4, 1972. Since then, she has continued to work for prisoners' rights throughout the world. Davis was born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama. ...