angela davis, born jan 26 1944

Davis with Toni Morrison, image found here.
Davis at PSU
at PSU keynote 1/22/15, image found here.

i earnestly recommend anyone who hasnt done so already to read Are Prisons Obsolete? by Davis, which can be read in full HERE.

last winter i was giving historical tour guides of Oregon’s capitol building to elementary and highschool kids. after reading this book, i never failed to mention the fact that the desks and furniture in the house and senate chambers were built by convicts. i make deliberate use of the word “contribution,” and this often gives the kids pause. they do not associate “contribution” with anything related to prison or prisoner.

Davis does use the word “contribution,” in that these are contributions coerced from disproportionately black people within an brutal system that undergirds a white supremacist society explicitly erasing these contributions.

i want to read Blue Legacies and Black Feminism

HERE is her talking head interview in The Black Power Mixtape.

When someone asks me about violence, I just find it incredible, because what it means is that the person who’s asking that question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through, what black people have experienced in this country, since the time the first black person was kidnapped from the shores of Africa.


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