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Angela Davis – 15 Quotes

 

15 Quotes by Angela Davis

 

Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.

– Angela Davis


We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.

– Angela Davis


Poor people, people of color – especially are much more likely to be found in prison than in institutions of higher education.

– Angela Davis


My name became known because I was, one might say accidentally the target of state repression and because so many people throughout the country and other parts of the world organized around the demand for my freedom.

– Angela Davis


I never saw myself as an individual who had any particular leadership powers.

– Angela Davis


Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of black people who are in the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today.

– Angela Davis


You can never stop and as older people, we have to learn how to take leadership from the youth and I guess I would say that this is what I’m attempting to do right now.

– Angela Davis


I grew up in the southern United States in a city which at that time during the late ’40’s and early ’50’s was the most segregated city in the country, and in a sense learning how to oppose the status quo was a question of survival.

– Angela Davis


As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people’s struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.

– Angela Davis


It’s true that it’s within the realm of cultural politics that young people tend to work through political issues, which I think is good, although it’s not going to solve the problems.

– Angela Davis


To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women.

– Angela Davis


Yes, I think it’s really important to acknowledge that Dr. King, precisely at the moment of his assassination, was re-conceptualizing the civil rights movement and moving toward a sort of coalitional relationship with the trade union movement.

– Angela Davis


We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.

– Angela Davis


I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement.

– Angela Davis


Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work.

– Angela Davis


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