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Angela Davis (1944)

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.

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Angela Davis speaks at a Panther rally in Defermery Park, West Oakland. by Stephen Shames
Angela Davis speaks at a Panther rally in Defermery Park, West Oakland. by Stephen Shames
Cover sleeve of Angela Davis Speaks, 1971
Cover sleeve of Angela Davis Speaks, 1971
Angela Davis by Alain Philippe Baudry-Knops, 1973
Angela Davis by Alain Philippe Baudry-Knops, 1973
two portraits of Angela Davis
two portraits of Angela Davis
Angela Davis at a demonstration
Angela Davis at a demonstration
Angela Davis
Angela Davis
Angela Y. Davis at the University of Michigan
Angela Y. Davis at the University of Michigan
graffiti of Angela Davis
graffiti of Angela Davis
Angela Davis
Angela Davis
Angela Davis addresses students in Open Forum at Valley State College, while dogs frolic amid the crowd, by Ken Lubas, April 14, 1970
Angela Davis addresses students in Open Forum at Valley State College, while dogs frolic amid the crowd, by Ken Lubas, April 14, 1970
Angela Davis, 1971
Angela Davis, 1971
Angela Davis
Angela Davis
Angela Davis at the court
Angela Davis at the court
Angela Davis photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1973
Angela Davis photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1973
Erich Honecker with Angela Davis, during the world Party of the youth and the students in Berlin, August 1973
Erich Honecker with Angela Davis, during the world Party of the youth and the students in Berlin, August 1973
An image for the liberation of Angela Davis
An image for the liberation of Angela Davis
Demonstration for the liberation of Angela Davis, by Luis Garza, New-York City, 1972
Demonstration for the liberation of Angela Davis, by Luis Garza, New-York City, 1972
Angela Davis
Angela Davis
an Angela Davis pattern
an Angela Davis pattern
Angela Davis in Black Power Mixtape by Göran Hugo Olsson, 1967-1975
Angela Davis in Black Power Mixtape by Göran Hugo Olsson, 1967-1975
Angela Davis, November 1969, Hulton Archive
Angela Davis, November 1969, Hulton Archive
Angela Davis by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2008
Angela Davis by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2008
Angela Davis
Angela Davis
Angela Davis and Toni Morrison taking a stroll. March 28, 1974
Angela Davis and Toni Morrison taking a stroll. March 28, 1974
Cover sleeve of Angela Davis Answers 13 Questions, c. 1971
Cover sleeve of Angela Davis Answers 13 Questions, c. 1971
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