One of today’s Dope Queens of Black History is Angela Davis! Davis is a counterculture activist, academic and writer who advocated for racial, gender equality and prison reform. She has written several books on the subjects including “Women, Race, and Class”. Born in Birmingham Alabama Davis witnessed the atrocities of Jim Crow South first hand. She knew several of the African American girls killed in the 1963 16th Street Church Bombing in Birmingham.
Davis studied Philosophy at Brandies University, then attends University of California for grad school. She went on to teach at University of California, but was fired for her association with the Communist party. Davis successfully sued and got her job back, but choose to leave after her contract expired in 1970. Davis was heavily involved in prison reform, in particular inmates at Soledad Prison. One of the inmates made an attempt to escape at his trial in 1970, resulting in his, the judges and two other inmates death in the melee that ensued.
Davis was charged for her alleged involvement in the incident. She received much support from the public and after 16 months in jail was acquitted by an all white jury. Davis went back to teaching and was a professor at University of California, Santa Cruz. She continues to advocate for women’s rights, most recently speaking at the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. #americanhistory #blackgirlsrock #28daysofblackcosplay