Angela Davis

Author, professor, social activist

An author and professor, Angela Davis has been a force in American political activism and a passionate leader for social equality since first rising to prominence in the 1960s as a leader in the U.S. civil-rights movement. Her writing and work on gender and racial issues, social consciousness, politics and the American prison system have created a lasting legacy. (Ms. Davis was unable to respond to our written questions, but you can view her speech for the inaugural Viola Desmond Legacy Lecture.)