An activist, scholar, professor, philosopher and author who came to prominence in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Angela Davis had close ties with the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. In 1970, Davis was arrested and charged with conspiracy in an armed confrontation that resulted in four deaths. She was later acquitted of all charges. The author of eight books, Davis is Distinguished Professor Emerita with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department. Davis remains a powerful advocate of gender equity, the abolition of the prison-industrial complex, and LGBTQ rights.
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