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Angela Davis Donating Her Papers To Harvard

Angela Davis, 74, is donating her papers to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, a research library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Davis is the former head of the Communist Party U.S.A., a retired professor of the University of California at Santa Cruz’s History of Consciousness Department, and the former director of the school’s Feminist Studies Department; she was tried and acquitted on conspiracy and homicide charges for her alleged role in a 1970 takeover of a courtroom in San Rafael, California by Black Panthers that left four people dead.

Elizabeth Hinton, an assistant professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard, gave The Harvard Crimson a written statement:  “The acquisition of Angela Davis’s papers makes the Schlesinger Library even more vital for all those seeking a deeper understanding of the history of oppression and resistance on a global scale.”

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