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Angela Davis: Freed by the people

  • The Lia and William Poorvu Gallery 3 James Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

No single person sits more squarely at the intersection of transnational struggles for freedom than the controversial political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Yvonne Davis. Her arrest, incarceration, and trial formed one of the most widely debated legal cases in world history. President Nixon labeled Davis a “dangerous terrorist” and a threat to the security of the United States. At the same time, people around the globe rose up to protest in her name. These allies saw Davis as a political prisoner and a symbol of the struggle for racial justice, the liberation of women, and equality. Because she sparked worldwide movements that changed the 20th century, Davis was “freed by the people” well before her trial came to an end.