A Jan. 10 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article by Janel Davis opened with this benign sentence: “Noted scholar, author and veteran civil rights activist Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address Jan. 18 at Kennesaw State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance.”
The reporter blandly went on to write: “Davis is the Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught for 15 years. Davis has written nine books, and is a scholar on issues related to race, gender and imprisonment.” The rest of Davis’ extremely newsworthy biography, however, was never reported in the article.
Davis is an unrepentant member of the Black Panther Party and the U.S. Communist Party, and even was the Communist vice presidential candidate in 1980 and 1984. When hired as a teacher by the University of California at Los Angeles in 1969, the California Board of Regents tried to remove her. However, the board later caved to pressure and kept her on, even though she openly taught Communist philosophy and advocated violence. The Santa Monica Evening Outlook reported at the time that Davis told an American Civil Liberties Union meeting that she “believes in the violent overthrow of America’s government.”
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