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Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator—both at the university level and in the larger public sphere—has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Read More >
Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness—an interdisciplinary PhD program—and of Feminist Studies.
Angela Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete?, and two books of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom, and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Her most recent books include a re-issue of Angela Davis: An Autobiography and Abolition. Feminism. Now., with co-authors Gina Dent, Erica Meiners and Beth Richie.
Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.
Like many educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement. Read Less ^
Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex
"Wow! The message was absolutely phenomenal. I was very pleased with how it went. I facilitated the moderated conversation and it was just amazing to sit in her presence. She was an absolute joy and her responses were groundbreaking. Our conference attendees were impacted - I continue to receive emails about how amazing this experience was. THANK YOU!"
"Working with the APB team to have Dr. Angela Y. Davis as Salem State University's 31st Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Keynote Speaker was simply phenomenal from first contact to post-event. APB was very responsive and understanding to requests (especially in the virtual environment due to the pandemic), and certainly did everything they could to make things happen. Dr. Angela Davis, of course, was nothing short of amazing. Dr. Davis's keynote was powerful, eloquent, transparent and the feedback from the Salem State community has overwhelmingly called it one of the best MLK Convocation (if not the best) at Salem State ever. Furthermore, Dr. Davis was critical, transparent, delightful, authentic, and so much more during the Q&A portion with our engaging and inquisitive activist student leaders. We look forward to working with the APB team in the future!"
"It was a beautiful and historic evening. The students, staff, faculty and community were extremely happy with her presentation. I also would like to personally thank Angela for talking time to speak with students and sign their books and papers after her speech. We were very proud at The College at Brockport to host Angela!"
"We are so thankful to have had the privilege of having Dr. Davis come and speak to us. I am pleased to let you know that this is the largest number we've ever had in attendance for State of the Black Union! So again, big thanks to everyone involved who helped make this happen. I think her words were encouraging, yet also sobering in that many of the things she has spent her life fighting for, we are still in a moment in which many things are still the same. After her talk, other administrators stated that Angela Davis's words were really impactful and have helped them in thinking about what abolition really means and what that could look like. I'd also say that in many ways, she inspired us to think about the future world that we could create."
"Dr. Davis, it was an honor to host you on our campus. Your speech was well received by everyone in attendance, and provided students with an incredible opportunity to learn about you and hear your views on a number of important topics. As you could probably tell, students had a phenomenal time at the event and your speech was thoroughly enjoyed."
"The Angela Davis event was a huge success and we just wanted to thank you for all your help. Her plane was early and she showed up with time to spare. We sold out of tickets before the event (450 seats) and had to turn away over 100 people who showed up w/out tickets at the door. Once again, thank you!"
"It was amazing! She was such a huge draw. We had a huge turnout, actually the largest turnout thus far for the MLK speaker outside of John Legend. Ultimately, she was amazing! People loved her, I loved her, she was so down to earth and so approachable. It was a night I and many others will never forget! An absolute hit for us! Thank so much!"
"I just wanted to get back to you to share how much of a success Angela Davis was. We not only filled the house it was filled to overflowing. She is a gracious woman. Easy to work with and gave a great presentation."
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