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ANGELA DAVIS
An Autobiography

Angela Davis

Haymarket Books (February 8, 2020)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781642595680 • US $28.95 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 420 pgs.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A classic account of a life in struggle, featuring a major new introduction by the author.

“Angela Davis has spent more than 50 years working for social justice. This summer, society started to catch up.” —Ava Duvernay

Angela Davis has been a political activist at the cutting edge of the Black Liberation, feminist, queer, and prison abolitionist movements for more than 50 years. First published in 1974, An Autobiography is a powerful and commanding account of her early years in struggle. Davis describes her journey from a childhood on Dynamite Hill in Birmingham, Alabama, to one of the most significant political trials of the century: from her political activity in a New York high school to her work with the U.S. Communist Party, the Black Panther Party, and the Soledad Brothers; and from the faculty of the Philosophy Department at UCLA to the FBI’s list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Told with warmth, brilliance, humor and conviction, Angela Davis’s autobiography is a classic account of a life in struggle with echoes in our own time.

PRAISE:

“One of the great activist autobiographies by one of this country’s greatest ever activists…Davis is a living legend, one of the inspirational public figures of the last century, and this iconic portrait of the revolutionary as a young woman will remind you why.”

LitHub

“An activist. An author. A scholar. An abolitionist. A legend.”

Ibram X. Kendi

“Before the world knew what intersectionality was, the scholar, writer and activist was living it, arguing not just for Black liberation, but for the rights of women and queer and transgender people as well.”

The New York Times

“If anyone is qualified to make an assessment on the current situation, it is Angela Davis. She has spent five decades as an intellectual campaigning for racial justice, yet the causes she has pursued – prison reform, defunding the police, restructuring the bail system – had, until recently, been considered too radical for mainstream political thinking.”

The Guardian

“As an iconic educator, scholar, and leader in the civil rights movement, Angela Davis is an obligatory add to your list of must-read black authors.”

O Magazine

Praise for Freedom is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Y. Davis:

“Angela Davis’s new book made me think of what Dear Nelson Mandela kept reminding us, that we must be willing to embrace that long walk to freedom. Understanding what it takes to really be free, to have no fear, is the first and most important step one has to make before undertaking this journey. Angela is the living proof that this arduous challenge can also be an exhilarating and beautiful one.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Whether you’ve grown up with the courage and conscience of Angela Davis, or are discovering her for the first time, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle is a small book that will be a huge help in daily life and action, from exposing the ‘prison industrial complex’ that she named long ago to understanding that leaders are only leaders if they empower others. She herself exposes facts and makes connections, but also leads in the most important way by example.”

Gloria Steinem

“This is vintage Angela: insightful, curious, observant, and brilliant, asking and answering questions about events in this new century that look surprisingly similar to the last century.”

Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Here is someone worthy of the Ancestors who delivered her. Angela Davis has stood her ground on every issue important to the health of our people and the planet. It is impossible to read her words or hear her voice and not be moved to comprehension and gratitude for our incredible luck in having her with us.”

Alice Walker

“Angela Davis once again offers us an incisive, urgent, and comprehensive understanding of systematic racism, the grounds for intersectional analysis and solidarity, and the importance of working together as equals to unmask and depose systems of injustice. This wide-ranging and brilliant set of essays includes a trenchant analysis of police violence against people of color, of the systematic incarceration of black people in America, the grounds of Palestinian solidarity for the Left, the affirmation of transgender inclusion, and the necessity of opposing the G4S corporation and its high-profit empire dedicated to the institutionalization of racism in the name of security. These essays take us back in history to the founders of revolutionary and anti-racist struggle, but they also take us toward the possibility of ongoing intersectional solidarity and struggle. Angela Davis gathers in her lucid words our luminous history and the most promising future of freedom.”

Judith Butler

“She has eyes in the back of our head. With her we can survive and resist.”

John Berger

“In this latest text of her magisterial corpus, Angela Davis puts forward her brilliant analyses and resilient witness here and abroad. In a clear and concise manner, she embodies and enacts ‘intersectionality’ a structural intellectual and political response to the dynamics of violence, White Supremacy, patriarchy, state power, capitalist markets, and imperial policies.”

Dr. Cornel West, from the Foreword

“With its clear language and honest reflections, the book continues to be a timely window into the life and ideology of one the most well-known living activists for Black liberation. Angela Davis: An Autobiography is perfect for readers interested in the intersections of personal ethics and political thought and activism.”

Foreword Reviews

OTHER TITLES BY THIS AUTHOR:

Abolition. Feminism. Now. (with Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie)

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (with Frank Barat)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis is the recipient of the 2020 Cultural Freedom Prize from Lannan Foundation.

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