Hello bumblebee, it’s time to celebrate another amazing and powerful woman on the Iconic Individuals series!
“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”Angela Davis
In January 2020 I taped an Essence magazine clipping of Angela Davis on my wall with the quote above as I searched for inspirational women to look up to while bettering my life. A few weeks passed and she had transformed from a picture on my wall to the woman who inspired me to pursue my life’s purpose.
Angela Yvonne Davis, born on January 26, 1944, is an activist, teacher, role model, and iconic woman in history. Davis is best known as a radical African American educator and activist for civil rights. Her published works including Women, Race & Class and Abolish Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture illustrate subjects impacted by her life’s work, Davis has worked as a professor and activist who advocates gender equity, prison reform and alliances across color lines.
“The roots of sexism and homophobia are found in the same economic and political institutions that serve as the foundation of racism in this country and, more often than not, the same extremist circles that inflict violence on people of color are responsible for the eruptions of violence inspired by sexist and homophobic biases. Our political activism must clearly manifest our understanding of these connections.”― Angela Y. Davis, Women, Culture & Politics
cheers to empowered women empowering women,
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Angela Davis: 100 Women of the Year. Time Magazine website. (2020, March 05). Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://time.com/5793638/angela-davis-100-women-of-the-year/ | credited for cover photo
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