National United Committee to Free Angela Davis

The item today is from the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis. Thirty-two years ago this week Angela Davis was released from prison. Davis was arrested in 1970 for her involvement in the eventual killing of Judge Harold Haley after his kidnapping by  Jonathan Jackson in Marine County, California. Jackson, Judge Haley and two others were killed in a gun fight with police as they tried to flee the courthouse during the kidnapping. The guns used in the kidnapping by Jackson belonged to Angela Davis. [1] Soon after her arrest protests were arranged and groups (more than 200 local committees in the United States[2])were formed in defense of Davis. This became a massive movement and Davis became a well-known political figure in the U.S.[3] Davis was found not guilty of all charges against her in 1972. Davis is well-known as an activist in a variety of areas including human rights, civil rights, socialism and communism.

There are many more details about the trial and Angela Davis that I have not covered here. For more information about the incident and trial:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marin_County_courthouse_incident and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Davis#Arrest_and_trial

National United Committee to Free Angela Davis Cover (1971)

National United Committee to Free Angela Davis Cover (1971)

National United Committee to Free Angela Davis Back Cover (1971)

National United Committee to Free Angela Davis Back Cover (1971)

National United Committee to Free Angela Davis Inside (1971)

National United Committee to Free Angela Davis Inside (1971)

 


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Davis#Arrest_and_trial

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Davis#Arrest_and_trial

[3] Buhle, Mari Jo, Paul Buhle and Dan Georgakas “Encyclopedia of the American Left” Garland Publishing Inc. (1990) pp. 183