When: August 18, 1971

Where: United States

Angela Davis was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for her involvement in purchasing weapons for fellow Black Panther activists who took a Marin County Judge and three jurors hostage to negotiate the freedom of the “Soledad Brothers”. Davis was acquitted and continued her career as an activist, philosopher and academic.


Further Reading:

Davis, Angela Y. If they Coming in the Morning: Voices of Resistance. New York: Third Press, 1971.

Davis, Angela Y. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundation of a Movement. Chicago: Haymart Books, 2016.

Davis, Angela Y. and Robin Kelley. The Meaning of Freedom. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2012.

Gordon, Daniel. “The Firing of Angela Davis at UCLA, 1969-1970: Communism, Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech.” Society (New Brunswick) 57, no. 6 (2020): 596.

Gore, Dayo F., Theoharris, Jeanne and Komozi Woodard. Want to Start a Revolution? Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Roman, Meredith L. “’Armed and Dangerous’: The Criminalization of Angela Davis and the Cold War Myth of America’s Innocence.” Women, Gender, and Families of Color 8, no. 1 (2020): 87-111.