During the 1960s, the African American researcher, Angela Davis was an assistant professor in the philosophy department of UCLA while she was remarked as an active feminist, communist and a member of the Black Panther Party. When in 1970, a young African American, heavily armed, took over a courtroom and was arrested after many actors of the crime scene were killed, it was discovered Angela Davis had herself purchased the guns used by the young man. The activist soon became one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives and her arrest and trial were at the centre of many counter-culture claims: 'Free Angela' becoming the rallying cry of many figures until 1972 and the inspiration to The Rolling Stones and their Sweet Black Angel or John Lennon's Angela. The radical figure therefore imprinted her iconic image in culture with her feline silhouette, her fuzzy afro hairdo and her Black Panthers raging fist. And, although the mystery still remains in the role she really played in the 1970 courtroom attack, what history retains is the fight for freedom, the equal of a Martin Luther King or a Nelson Mandela.