University professor, writer, activist. Born– January 26, 1944, Birmingham. Parents– B. Frank and Sally E. Davis. Education– attended the Sorbonne, 1963-64; Brandeis University, B.A., 1965; graduate study, University of Frankfurt, 1965-1967; University of California at San Diego, M.A., 1968; additional study, 1968-1969. Ph. D. Humboldt University.   Taught philosophy at U.C.L.A., 1969-1970; University of California at Santa Cruz, 1991-2008; San Francisco State University.  Member Black Panthers, Communist Party.  Candidate for U. S. Vice President, Communist Party, 1980 and 1984.  Honorary doctorate, Lenin University. Awarded emerita status at the University of California Santa Cruz on her retirement in 2008.


Contemporary Authors online and Who’s Who of American Women, 1979-1980.


Abolition Democracy; Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture. Seven Stories Press, 2005.

Angela Davis; an Autobiography. New York; Random House, 1974.

Are Prisons Obsolete?  Seven Stories Press, 2003.

Beyond the Frame;  Women of Color and Visual Representation.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

The Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves. Somerville, Mass.; New England Free Press, 1970.

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism; Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday.  Pantheon Books, 1998.

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.  Haymarket Books, 2015.

The Meaning of Freedom, and Other Difficult Dialogues.  City Lights, 2012.

Policing the National Body; Sex, Race, and Criminalization.  South End Press, 2002.

Violence Against Women and the Ongoing Challenge to Racism. Latham, N.Y.; Women of Color Press, 1985.

Women, Culture, and Politics. New York; Random House, 1989.

Women, Race, and Class. New York; Random House, 1981.

Joint Publications;

If They Come in the Morning; Voices of Resistance.  Third Press, 1971.


The Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama holds a collection of Angela Davis papers and ephemera covering the years 1971-1984.