Angela Davis (born 1944) is a political activist, educator and author, who was famous/infamous in the 1960s/1970s for her membership in the Communist Party USA, as well as her asociation with the Black Panther Party. She is also a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the university's Feminist Studies department. She has also written Angela Davis: An Autobiography, Are Prisons Obsolete?, and Women, Race, & Class.
She notes in the "Acknowledgements" section of this book (published in 1989) that "My mother remarked that since I had the habit of devoting so much of my time to the preparation of speeches, I should consider publishing them in book form."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"If the first wave of the women's movement began in the 1840's, and the second wave in the 1960's, then we are approaching the crest of a third wave in the final days of the 1980's." (Ch. 1) "The process of empowerment cannot be simplistically defined in accordance with our own particular class interests. We must learn to lift as we climb." (Ch. 1) "Moreover, as has been pointed out in studies on sexual assault---and as indeed was the case during the era of slavery---proportionately more white men rape Black women than Black men rape white women." (Ch. 3) "Peace is a sisters' issue too." (Ch. 6) "If we as Black people in the United States want to guarantee that the dream for a better life is realized through our children, we must recognize the importance of setting our sights on a socialist future." (Ch. 7)
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Through a series of 18 essays based on her lectures and writings, Davis, a Marxist and author of Women, Race, and Class (LJ 1/15/82), shows that she has not altered her positions on, or commitment to, issues relating to the poor, the working class, women, or people of color. Her pieces, encompassing such themes as peace, racism, sexism, health care for the black family, and apartheid, explore some of the most pressing issues of the day. And yet, like many who adhere to rigid viewpoints, Davis's politics often oversimplify the problems and result in questionable conclusions. Although she raises valid points, her work may draw readers into discussions of the larger debate on socialism versus capitalism at the expense of the concerns themselves. - Frada L. Mozenter, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte Lib. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.