Angela Davis is one of the few American women who has had laudable multi-headed impacts in her country. She is a writer of several books, political activist, educator and communist who worked with the party until 1991, when she left.

In her active years, Angela identified with many bodies and movements, including the Black Panther Party. As an educator, she taught at several universities and founded the correspondence committees for democracy and socialism. She has also made appearances on several media platforms and given media interviews on numerous issues concerning the company. To her credit, Angela was among those who created the organization, Critical Resistance. Learn more about her here.

Angela Davis – Biography

The activist was born Angela Yvonne Davis on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Davis was raised in the “Dynamite Hill” neighborhood but occasionally visited her uncle’s farm in New York.

His parents Sallye Bell Davis and Frank Davis areas well as his siblings – Fania Davis (sister), Reginald Davis (brother) and Ben Davis (brother). Ben is a retired NFL player whose league career spanned ten years.

Growing up, Angelale’s intellectual development was significantly influenced by Communist thinkers and Loyalists. In fact, his mother was the main organizer and a national leader of the Communist Party-inspired organization, the Southern Youth Congress. At a young age, she was also a member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a group which she says inspired her for politics. As a Girl Scout, Angela Davis was among the protesters against racial discrimination in Birmingham and also participated in the 1959 Girl Scouts National Roundup which took place in the city of Colorado.


Davis began her educational journey at a separate, non-white elementary school called Carrie A. Tuggle School, after which she was admitted to a middle school called Parker Annex.

Angela Davis then began studying atElisabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village. While there, she was chosen by an American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) program that placed black students from the South in integrated schools in the North. It was during his freshman year of high school. It was while she was with Elisabeth Irwin that she joined Advance (a group of young communists).

After graduating from high school, the activist won a scholarship to the Brandeis Institute in Waltham, Massachusetts. Remarkably, she and two other students were the only black students in her class at the time.

Angela decided to switch to French in her second year at university. This forced her to join the Hamilton College Junior Year program in France. As she was about to finish her studies in French, she discovered that she had developed a fondness for philosophy. She then pursued graduate studies in her new course at the University of Frankfurt, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1965.

Two years after leaving Frankfurt, Angela Davis joined the University of California, San Diego for postgraduate studies. She received her master’s degree in 1968 and later earned a doctorate in philosophy from Humboldt University, based in East Berlin.

Rejecting offers from Swarthmore University and Princeton University, the author decided to lecture as an interim assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It was early 1969. As a lecturer in the philosophy department, Davis was famous for being one of the radical and militant feminists around him. She also participated in other activities and eventually became an ally of the Black Panther Party and later a member of the Communist Party USA.

She was fired from her post in 1969 for identifying with the Communist Party by the University of California Board of Regents and was later reabsorbed. However, his career at the institution came to an abrupt end in 1970.

From 1980 to 1984, Angela Davis worked at SanFrancisco State University as a professor of ethnic studies and later at the University of California as a professor in the departments of women’s studies and the history of consciousness. She has also worked at other universities. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for Healing and Social Justice on May 22, 2016, at the California Institute of Integral Studies’ 48th Annual Commencement Ceremony.

Family Information: Children

Angela Davis was once a married woman. She first married a popular photographer called Hilton Braithwaite. They tied the knot in 1980 and divorced three years later.

The scholar also has a daughter named ElenniDavis-Knight. Like Hilton, nothing is known about Elenni. Her father’s name, birth details and information about her personal life remain a mystery. Based on some information online, Angela Davis came out as a lesbian in 1997 in Out magazine. Apart from the information provided, nothing else is known regarding his family and children.