Celebrating Angela Davis: 5 Things You May Not Have Learned About the Iconic Activist


January 26, 2024

We reflect on the multi-faceted activist, educator, and philosopher.

Angela Davis, a name synonymous with activism, intellect, and unwavering commitment to justice, marks another year around the sun today. As we celebrate her birthday, we’re going beyond the familiar narratives to explore lesser-known facets of this iconic figure. Here are five facts that showcase the diversity of Angela Davis’s impactful life.

1. Love for Jazz and Dance

Credit: SFJAZZ

Beyond the realm of activism and academia, Angela Davis harbors a deep passion for the arts. Few may know that she possesses a profound love for jazz music and dance. In 2018, she curated a social justice playlist for San Francisco Jazz.


2. Prolific Author

Credit: Temi Oyelola

Angela Davis is not only a powerful orator but also a prolific author and scholar. Her written works, including “Women, Race & Class” and “Are Prisons Obsolete?” cover critical issues of race, gender, and incarceration, solidifying her place as an inspiring intellectual force.

3. Advocate for LGBTQ+ Rights

Credit: GLBT Historical Society

While Angela Davis is celebrated for her dedication to civil rights, she has also been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Her commitment to intersectionality includes addressing the unique struggles faced by individuals within the queer community. In 2018, the GLBT Historical Society’s “Angela Davis: OUTspoken” exhibit highlighted the journey of the Black lesbian activist from radical scholar, to political prisoner, to revolutionary icon, to public intellectual.

4. Educator

Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA

In addition to her activism, Angela Davis has had a profound impact on education. Serving as a professor at various institutions, including the University of California, Santa Cruz, she continues to shape the minds of future generations through her commitment to critical pedagogy.


5. Liberation Through Fitness: Yoga Enthusiast

Angela Davis finds liberation not only through activism but also in the practice of yoga. Embracing the physical and mental benefits of this ancient discipline, she incorporates yoga into her life, promoting holistic well-being.

Cover Photo: Celebrating Angela Davis: 5 Things You May Not Have Learned About the Iconic Activist/Activist, Angela Davis. Photo credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com

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