As a teacher, writer, scholar, and activist, Angela Y. Davis’ work fighting for justice and equality for all can not be understated. Davis first received national attention in 1969, after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA for her social activism and membership to the Communist Party. In 1970, she was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List” on false charges, which culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international “Free Angela Davis” campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972. Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to dismantling the prison-industrial complex, and the author of books including Freedom is a Constant Struggle and Women, Race & Class.
One of today’s most compelling intellectual minds, historian and journalist Jelani Cobb writes with keen insight about race, politics, history, and culture. He is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His books include The Matter of Black Lives, a collection of some of the New Yorker’s most poignant and probing essays on race in America featuring works by James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and many more; The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress; The Devil and Dave Chappelle: And Other Essays; and To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic