A Word From Angela Davis…

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Many activists rose to power and recognition during the 1960’s but one woman inspired young girls to dream and cultivate their imaginations surrounding feminism and social consciousness.

In  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, she speaks so effortlessly and lofty about her likeness for Activist Angela Davis during civil rights, Davis was viewed as radical and controversial but little girls with pigtails and playtime idolized her renown afro and persuasive voice. Her focus on social efforts for education and building “engaged communities” to solve various social problems was and still is uplifting. A movement many young women aspired to be apart; fighting for the rights of women was more alive than ever.

In salute to a “Mocha” beauty and brains, here is the voice of a woman that gave many hope:



 Words by Davis:

“But at the same time you can’t assume that making a difference 20 years ago is going to allow you to sort of live on the laurels of those victories for the rest of your life”

“I decided to teach because I think that any person who studies philosophy has to be involved actively”

“I think that has to do with my awareness that in a sense we all have a certain measure of responsibility to those who have made it possible for us to take advantage of the opportunities”

“I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement. ”

“It’s true that it’s within the realm of cultural politics that young people tend to work through political issues, which I think is good, although it’s not going to solve the problems”

“Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other”

“Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been”
“Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work”

“Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” ”

“The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one’s contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time”

“To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women”

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. ”

“We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.”


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