Angela Davis was educated at an experimental high school in New York City, earned a B.A. from Brandeis University in French literature, and studied philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. A protégé of Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse, she has been a controversial figure since the 1960’s, advocating revolution and defending Black Power leaders. She has written a political autobiography, With My Mind on Freedom (1974), and edited a collection of writing by herself and other African American activists, If They Come in the Morning (1971). Her book Women, Race, and Class (1981) includes biographies of Communist women.
Aptheker, Bettina. The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis. 2d ed. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1999. A chronicle of the trial that resulted from Davis’s association with the Soledad Brothers.
Davis, Angela. “Globalism and the Prison Industrial Complex: An Interview with Angela Davis.” Interview by Avery F. Gordon. Race and Class 40, nos. 2/3 (1998/1999): 145-157. Davis speaks about the prison system and the need for its reform.
Nadelson, Regina. Who Is Angela Davis? The Biography of a Revolutionary. New York: P. H. Wyden, 1972. Written by someone who attended high school with Davis and who began writing this biography when she learned that Davis had been fired from her teaching position at UCLA.
Perkins, Margo V. Autobiography as Activism: Three Black Women of the Sixties. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000. Studies Davis’s autobiography as an essential element in her political activism