Angela Yvonne Davis: The Legend


Joy Yates

“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.”
-Angela Davis

There are many different names that pop up in people’s minds when the hear the words: “The Black Power Movement.” We know of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, and Fred Hampton. Do we know who the powerhouse of the Black Power Movement is?
Her name is Angela Davis. According to, Davis was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she was exposed to a lot of racism and a lot of bombings. One infamous bombing, “the 16th Street Baptist Church Shooting,” sprouted her into the activist that she is today.
I asked the people around me “How did Angela Davis inspire you?”
Coach Erica Baylor said “We as women and black people, were constantly discriminated against.” Ms. Baylor then made a comparison to the movie “Hidden Figures” and said that “Back then, every job was for a white man. We now live in a world where a there’s no such thing as a ‘white man’s job.’ Anyone can do it. She gave me the ability and inspiration to do what I want to do.”
Terry Fewell said “As women, we are commonly looked at to be silent and meek. She was loud and didn’t care about what anybody had to say about it. She inspired me to speak out on things that I believe in and to never fear anyone.”
Vernon Davis said “To be outspoken and Black is something that produces consequences ¬†while living in a white dominant society. Her words were so powerful that it spoke to everyone. She inspired and continues to inspire me to be outspoken and Black despite what consequences come my way.”
According to the directory of “University of California Santa Cruz,” she now is a professor. She has taught many classes in Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her legendary words and books inspired generations of black people, women, and movements all across the world.