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For almost 60 years #AngelaDavis has been for many an #iconic face of #feminism and #counterculture activism in #America.
Now her life in letters and images will be housed at #Harvard.
Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has acquired Davis’ archive, a trove of documents, letters, papers, photos, and more that trace her evolution as an activist, author, educator, and scholar. The papers were secured with support from Harvard’s Hutchins Center for #African & #AfricanAmerican Research.
“My papers reflect 50 years of involvement in #activist and scholarly collaborations seeking to expand the reach of justice in the world,” Davis said in a statement. “I am very happy that at the Schlesinger Library they will join those of June Jordan, Patricia Williams, Pat Parker, and so many other women who have been advocates of social transformation.” The collection includes a painting done for Davis by a death-row inmate in #California, and a manuscript of her #autobiography with edits by her friend Toni Morrison. There are numerous photos of the young Davis, including a shot of her posing with #FidelCastro. Reels of tape from her radio show “Angela Speaks” are also part of the archive, as is material related to her arrest in connection with the 1970 shooting of a superior court judge by an acquaintance who used guns registered in Davis’ name.
The arrest drew international attention. That interest is reflected in some of the Radcliffe materials, such as hundreds of letters that poured in for Davis while she awaited trial, and the flowers in paper, felt, and cloth that were part “A Million Roses for Angela,” organized by German supporters. Davis was acquitted of all charges in June 1972.
According to Kamensky, the number of Harvard scholars studying the problem of #massincarceration was of special interest to Davis, who visited campus in the fall of 2016 while considering the Schlesinger as a possible home for her archive. The papers include items connected to her work on mass incarceration and #prisonabolition. #foodforthought #rbg #problack #panafrican #blackexcellence #blackisbeautiful #blackboyjoy #blackwomanrock #blackgirlsrock #blackmenrock