I’ve read and re-read eight of Dr. Angela Y. Davis’ nine books in the past few years, but I intentionally saved her autobiography, letting it sit on my shelf until now. Dr. Davis has had a profound influence on my life and thoughts on social justice, racism, feminism, and criminal justice. I’ve watched documentaries, her speeches, and read countless articles on her work, but I wanted to savor her writing on her life experiences.
Dr. Davis’ autobiography didn’t any new information for me per say, but it was the way in which she wrote that captured me. I had never read an in-depth account of her time in prison as was offered in this book. It also details her life growing up, her family, time in college and just how she became involved in social justice. It’s not just an autobiography, but a call to arms to fight the racism that is still so deeply embedded in our country. It’s hard not to see the parallels of the time that she writes about and today’s fight for justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.
I admire Dr. Davis and her story, her fight against racism and the unjust, and her perseverance. It only motivates me further to continue to the fight. I am so grateful for her sharing this story and her work.