Angela Davis

Angela Davis was born January 26, 1944, to Sally E. Davis, who was an educator, and B. Frank, who was also an educator and a businessman. Angela Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, during a time of great political unrest and racism. She grew up in a middle class section of Birmingham, Alabama, that was known as Dynamite Hill, because of the frequent Ku Klux Klan bombings that occurred there. As a child, she was encouraged to fight for equality and civil rights while she was still in elementary school. Angela Davis had an extensive background in activism. Her parents had many Communist friends, and this influence prompted young Angela to join a youth Communist group. At age 15, Angela Davis left Birmingham to attend Elizabeth Irwin School in New York City. Unlike the segregated schools she attended in Alabama with inferior resources and curriculum, Irwin High provided Angela with new politically aggressive views. After completing high school, Angela Davis attended Brandeis University in Massachusetts from 1961-1965, where she would eventually graduate with honors. In 19



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