Her parents were teachers, and from her childhood, little Davis was immersed in the communist environment, and already receives the influences of what will be her political conceptions, and her philosophical convictions.
In 1960, she spent two years studying at the École de Francfurt under the supervision of Theodor Adorno. From 1963 to 1964, she studied in Paris, then returned to Massachusetts at the University of Brandeo. After obtaining her license in 1965, she left for Germany for further studies. Back in the United States in California at the University of San Diego, she received her master's degree in 1968. It was in this same year that she became a member of the Communist Party, and blacks panters. His investment in both of her groups, she was closely watched by the United States government.
After teaching for 1 year at the University of California at The Angeles, she is fired. This dismissal was mainly due to his membership in the Communist Party. In 1970, she became the third woman in history to be on the FBI's most wanted list.
Accused of conspiring to release Georges Jackson, the FBI estimated that Angela Davis had armed prisoners in Marin's Courtyard. She had to spend two weeks fleeing the police. At that time, one could see a sign posted in many houses, where one could read: "Angela our sister, you are welcome in this house". She was finally discovered by the police in a hotel after being accused of murder and kidnapping. She spent 16 months in prison and was acquitted of all her charges.
In 1971, her essays in which she details her belief in communist doctrine and her thoughts on racial oppression are published. Then convinced by her friends, she wrote her autobiography and ran for the 1980 elections, under the colors of the Communist Party.
« Women, Race and class Published in 1981 became a classic of feminism. In 1989 she published the first collection of her speeches from 1983 to 1987, entitled "Women, Culture and political ». Today, Angela Davis continues her political and social struggle. She is an accomplished and cultured theorist, she teaches at the University of California at Santa Cruz and continues to give speeches.