Angela Davis's Political Views
A description of the political role played by Angela Davis and the impact that she had on society.
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Published on Jul 08, 2008 in African-American Studies (Racism) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , African-American Studies (Black Philosophy) , African-American Studies (General)
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The paper is an overview of the history of Angela Davis, her biographical details, the type of childhood she experienced that may have contributed to her political views in adulthood, her role in organizations such as the Community and Black Panther parties, the Civil Rights movement, and her fateful encounter with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The paper concludes with an assessment of Davis' accomplishments, how her role is viewed by the public and an analysis of its relevance for African-American society.
Review and Discussion
Review and Discussion
From the Paper:"This legacy, though, discounts Davis's wide range of contributions to the Civil Rights movement and her subsequent work to further the condition of black people throughout the country. For example, carefully citing the historical basis of how blacks were treated in the United States, Davis railed against the "terroristic use of rape in order to put black women in their place" and the need for African Americans to celebrate and embrace black culture as a means of sustaining their sense of community is a hostile land. According to Hart (1994), Davis's activism was scholarly in its approach and even her detractors found themselves at a loss when confronted with the facts. For example, this author reports that, "In 1981 Angela Davis looked at how the larger birth control movement, comprised mainly of white, middle class women, neglected to address the needs of African-American women. Davis also condemned the racist and 'classist' slant of the American birth control movement for its stress on eugenics"
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Angela Davis," in Encyclopedia Britannia [premium service] (2007). [Online]. Available: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9029505/Angela-Davis.
- Davis, Angela. (1994 Autumn). "Afro Images: Politics, Fashion and Nostalgia," in Critical Inquiry 21:37.
- Deck, Alice A. (2002), "Autobiography as Activism: Three Black Women of the Sixties," African American Review, 36(3):505.
- Ducille, Ann. (1990). "Othered Matters: Reconceptualizing Dominance and Difference in the History of Sexuality in America," Journal of the History of Sexuality 1(1):118.
- Hardy, Gayle J. American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825- 1992. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1993.
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