(Rp @blacklikevanilla ) ✨ Happy Birthday to Queen #AngelaDavis !
From My Lifetime: On October 13, 1970, Angela Davis was arrested at the #HowardJohnsonMotorLodge in Midtown Manhattan. Her 18-month incarceration, which ultimately resulted in an acquittal, set off the nationwide “#FreeAngelaDavis ” movement among activists and artists... Despite the enthusiastic support from the counterculture, Davis was a polarizing figure to many Americans. Following her 1972 trial where a jury cleared her of all the charges, Davis has remained a leading figure in social justice movements across the globe. In America, she has been a vocal proponent for prison reform.
Davis was born on January 26, 1944 in Birmingham, AL, the heart of the Jim Crow South. Due to the constant #KKK bombings and attacks, her city was nicknamed “#Bombingham ,” while the #BlackMiddleClass neighborhood in which she grew up was called “#DynamiteHill .” Amidst this violent backdrop, Davis became a part of the #CivilRights and #SocialJusticeMovements at a young age. Taking a queue from her mother’s activism and the communist organizers in her community, a teenaged Davis organized many interracial study groups that were frequently busted by the local police....
At 28 years old, Davis became the third woman in history to end up on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. The federal charge was “unlawful interstate flight” because she had left California to avoid prosecution of the wrongful kidnapping and murder charges. When Davis was finally caught on October 13, 1970, President Nixon congratulated the FBI on their “capture of the dangerous terrorist, Angela Davis.” When she was finally acquitted on all charges in 1972, she later shared, “This is the happiest day of my life.”
After being vindicated in a court of law, Davis continued her work for social justice. She wrote several seminal books including, “Women, Race, and Class” (1980) and “Are Prisons Obsolete?” (2003).” #AllPowerToThePeople#QueensQueening#BlackLeaders#BlackPower#BlackPride#BlackRevolutionaries#PoliticalPrisoners#BlackResilience#BlackExcellence
Over 1200 days on hunger strike, 84 year old and lifelong human rights activist Bapu Surat Singh has remained in critical health, refusing to end his hunger strike in order to draw attention to Sikh political prisoners still held in prisons throughout India.
More than a dozen political prisoners have been released since he started his 3-year hunger strike, even tho’ he has spent most of the past three years forcefully detained in hospitals, and given treatment against his will. ...