Angela Davis Autobiography

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Angela Davis: An Autobiography
Better known as a prominent figure in the Black Panther Party, Angela Davis is a well known radical leftist and a member of the Communist Party USA. She was a professor at UCLA, which then California Governor Ronald Regan urged the Board of Regents of the University of California to fire her for her Communist affiliations. However, she fought them in court and it was ruled the Regents could not fire Davis solely because of her affiliations with the Communist Party. Angela Davis has made significant contributions in the civil rights movement, as a radical feminist, and also in the LGBTQ community, highlighted when Davis announced her lesbian identity in an OUT magazine interview in 1997.
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She is four years old when her family move into all-white neighborhood on Center Street, named "Dynamite Hill" neighborhood, which was marked by racial conflict. It was nicknamed so, as Ku Klux Klan members commonly bombed its streets during the Civil Rights era. "Almost immediately after we moved there the white people got together and decided on a border line between them and us. Center Street became the line of demarcation. Provided that we stayed on 'our' side of the line (the east side) they let it be known we would be left in peace. If we ever crossed over to their side, war would be declared. Guns were hidden in our house and vigilance was constant," (Davis, 78) Angela describes. When a black family moves on the west side of the street, their house is …show more content…
Davis was awarded a scholarship to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts when she graduated from high school. She comments on the difference: "I searched the crowds of freshmen for others who were Black. Just knowing they were there would have made me feel a little more comfortable. But the full scholarship Brandeis had bestowed upon me was apparently a guilt-motivated attempt to increase their Black freshman population of two. We three were all female. I was glad that one of them, Alice, lived on the same floor as I" (Davis,

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