Angela Davis: An Autobiography
"An activist. An author. A scholar. An abolitionist. A legend."
--Ibram X. Kendi
This beautiful new edition of Angela Davis's classic Autobiography features an expansive new introduction by the author.
"I am excited to be publishing this new edition of my autobiography with Haymarket Books at a time when so many are making collective demands for radical change and are seeking a deeper understanding of the social movements of the past." --Angela Y. Davis
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 and edited by Toni Morrison 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.
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"Angela Davis has spent more than 50 years working for social justice. This summer, society started to catch up."
--Ava Duvernay, Vanity Fair "An activist. An author. A scholar. An abolitionist. A legend."
--Ibram X. Kendi "Angela Davis: An Autobiography
is riveting; as fresh and relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago.
The words fire off the page with humour, anger and eloquence."
--The Guardian "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."
--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
--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
--O Magazine "Angela Davis: An Autobiography
continues to fulfill that goal as the rare book that even almost 50
years later feels timely and relevant. Maybe too relevant, considering
how little has changed in the interim."
--Los Angeles Times "This
new edition of the autobiography is meant to bring Davis and her story
to a new generation of readers, who can still identify with her
experiences. Still a key work in the areas of prison abolition and
feminism, this reissue of a classic autobiography deserves a place of
honor in any collection."