The Meaning of Freedom

The Meaning of Freedom
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Introduction by Robin D.G. Kelley




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Angela Davis excerpt posted as part of Truthout Progressive Pick of the Week

A chapter from Angela Davis' latest book, The Meaning of Freedom, featured on Truthout.

-Truthout May 6, 2013

"Huffington Post: Angela Davis, Education, and the Meaning of Freedom"

"What is invaluable about Angela Davis' work is that she does not limit her politics to issues removed from broader social considerations, but connects every aspect of her scholarship and public interventions to what the contours of a truly democratic society might look like."

-Henry Giroux, Huffington Post Apr 10, 2013

"UC Berkeley publication The Daily Californian covers Angela Davis' reading at Oakland CA's Marcus Books"

"Davis's fearless spirit and unwavering commitment to justice were strikingly evident when she appeared at Oakland’s Marcus Books, the oldest black bookstore in the U.S., last Friday to discuss her latest book. . . . "

-Meadhbh McGrath, The Daily Californian Mar 6, 2013

"Activist Angela Davis Offers Ideas For Overhaul Of Ark. Prison System"

Angela Davis at the University of Arkansas, October 2012, discussing the death penalty, mass incarceration, sustaining mass political movements, and why she is hopeful.

-Malcolm Glover, KUAR Oct 26, 2012

"Angela Davis – 'The Meaning of Freedom'"

Angela Davis discusses electoral politics, activism, incarceration and why she is hopeful for social change in the U.S.

-Tavis Smiley, The Tavis Smiley Show Sep 28, 2012

"Angela Davis Defines What Freedom Really Means"

Philadelphia Tribune journalist Bobbi Booker considers The Meaning of Freedom, by Angela Davis.

-Bobbi Booker, The Philadelphia Tribune Aug 30, 2012

"Can revolution be etched in stone?"

Tim Gee blogs about Angela Davis and her book The Meaning of Freedom.

-Tim Gee, New Internationalist blog Aug 8, 2012

Hasta la Victoria! The Long Arms of Angela Davis

"I first heard about Angela Davis in 1969.

Fresh out of college, I had been active in the student movement (SDS), the Underground Press (The Rag), and in el movimiento Chicano. The civil-rights movement had shifted from nonviolence to more radical and militant protest to combat the establishment's ploy to criminalize and demonize this new activism.

It was therefore no surprise to read in the New York Times an editorial about how regents of the University of California at the bidding of Governor Ronald Reagan planned to dismiss Angela Yvonne Davis, an assistant professor of philosophy 'with a background of black militancy and membership in the Communist Party.'"

-Gregg Barrios, San Antonio Current Jan 20, 2010

Five Ws and an H – 70s activist Angela Davis coming to town

"Angela Davis was one of the most polarizing and famous figures of her generation – a beautiful, black revolutionary with wild hair and impeccable academic credentials who embraced Communism, espoused change and became one of the first – and still few – women named to the FBI's Most Wanted List...

In 1972, Davis was acquitted on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to take hostages during an abortive attempt to free three prisoners at a California courthouse. Davis had been accused of obtaining weapons for the kidnappers but was not present during the hostage-taking in which a judge was killed.  Her defenders said it was really her political beliefs that were on trial."

-Peggy Curran, The Gazette Sep 20, 2009

Angela Davis: Professor, Democratic Socialist, Prison Abolishionist

"Angela Davis, the daughter of an automobile mechanic and a school teacher, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on 26th January, 1944. The area where the family lived became known as Dynamite Hill because of the large number of African American homes bombed by the Ku Klux Klan. Her mother was a civil rights campaigner and had been active in the NAACP before the organization was outlawed in Birmingham.

Davis attended segregated schools in Birmingham before moving to New York with her mother who had decided to study for a M.A. at New York University. Davis attended a progressive school in Greenwich Village where several of the teachers had been blacklisted during the McCarthy Era.  There, Davis became acquainted with socialism and Communism and was recruited by the Communist youth group, Advance. . . 

Books published by Davis include If They Come in the Morning:Voices of Resistance (1971), Angela Davis: An Autobiography (1974), Women, Race, & Class (1981) and Women, Culture & Politics (1989). See carousel above for more books and MP3s of speeches."

-Leshell Hatley, Scholarly Celebrations Aug 6, 2009

VIBE 365: June 4, 1972, Angela Davis Is Found Not Guilty

"After 33 hours of jury deliberations, controversial political activist Angela Davis was found not guilty of murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy charges on June 4, 1972 in California. The all-white jury cleared the African-American intellectual and militant, then 28, on all charges after the former assistant professor at the University of California was connected to an August 1970 effort to free James McCain, a black convict accused of allegedly attempting to stab a police officer. In a courtroom at the Marin County Hall of Justice, Jonathan Jackson, the brother of imprisoned Black Panther leader George Jackson (Davis had been one of the black power icon's biggest supporters), and two others disrupted McCain’s trial proceedings by drawing guns, including one registered in Davis’ name."

-Vibe Magazine Jun 4, 2009

Inside USA - Angela Davis

Video: "Put on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' list when she was just 26, Angela Davis became an enduring symbol of 1970's Black Power. She joins Inside USA to discuss incarceration in the land of the free, capitalism in a time of economic crisis and what it means to be the face of Black Power in a supposedly post-racial US."

-Al Jazeera English Oct 5, 2008

'We Used to Think There was a Black Community'

"Angela Davis was intrigued to see recently that a significant number of young black women to whom she was delivering a talk were wearing images of her from the 70s on their T-shirts. She asked what the image meant to them. 'They said it made them feel powerful and connected to other movements,' she says. 'It was really quite moving. It really had nothing to do with me. They were using this image as an expression of who they would like to be and what they would like to do. I've given up trying to challenge commodification in that respect. It's an unending battle and you never win any victories.'"

-Gary Younge, The Guardian Nov 8, 2007