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Happy Birthday Angela Davis!

BIRTHDAY GIRL: Angela Davis

ANGELA DAVIS was born on this day in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama – probably one of the hardest times and places for a black woman to have been born! But despite the odds stacked against her, Davis made her mark in the world as an educator and one of the most prominent political activists.

Davis’s accomplishments in academics and activism are extensive, from being the godmother of Black Feminism, helping form the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism; connected the dots between environmental injustice, the prison-industrial-complex, and imperialism; and was one of the first champions of gay liberation and animal rights.

See below our top 5 favourite quotes from the revolutionary!:

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

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

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.

As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people's struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.

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

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