Angela Davis. I met Ms. Davis when she delivered the annual Martin Luther King Day lecture at Rockerfeller Chapel, when I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. She gave me a hug when I asked for it, and sent me on my way as a writer who couldn't dare be frivolous with words after being touched by her.
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Angela Davis & Toni Morrison, 1974
Angela Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. Davis emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA and Black Panther Party, and through her association with the Civil Rights Movement. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of "Critical Resistance", an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex.