Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Davis, Angela (1944-)
Prison abolitionist, political prisoner, Black Panther, Communist, radical activist, Black feminist, critical resistor, public intellectual, intellectual activist, and university professor are just some of the labels by which Angela Davis has been known throughout her lifetime. Davis was the face of Black Pride in the 1970s, was a candidate for vice president on the Communist Party ticket in 1980 and 1984, and is a major feminist scholar. Today's generation knows her as a critic of the criminal justice system, particularly the prison-industrial complex, and as a prison abolitionist. Davis is currently a full professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she holds a joint appointment in the History of Consciousness and Women's Studies departments. From the beginning, Davis has combined theory and practice through scholarship and participation in the grassroots movements of 1960s Black Liberation to the more recent prison abolition movement. Through 4 decades Davis has critiqued ...