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Mar 5, 2019

Let's Honor Angela Davis

One of the most enduringly influential icons of the women’s and civil rights movements, Angela Davis is walking, breathing history. A radical scholar and activist, Davis spent much of the 60s and 70s fighting against the systematic racism of black incarceration and the prison industrial complex at great personal expense. Locally, she is known for having served as a leading organizer in protests against the political imprisonment of the Wilmington Ten. Throughout her life, Davis has always been committed to fighting for justice for people of color in the face of a country built upon the ideology of white supremacy.

Davis is historically regarded as a revolutionary in the truest sense of the word. While facing incarceration in 1972, the interviews she gave about the true meaning of revolution and black experience in America still resonate today. Over the past several decades, she wrote a number of seminal books within the feminist movement and academic circles including Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? In 2017, she even served as a speaker and honorary co-chair of the Women’s March following the inauguration of the current president of the United States.

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” --Angela Davis

The work of Equality NC and our commitment to racial justice would not be possible without the sacrifices of women like Angela Davis. Meaningful progress has rarely been achieved by those who played by the rules. Equality NC honors the radical legacy of Davis, and is committed to investing our work in the spirit of her contributions today and always.

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