Angela Davis

Leo S. Carty (American, 1931 – 2010)
Circa 1970-72
Sheet : 17 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. (43.82 x 35.88 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Angela Davis (born 1944) is a political activist and feminist scholar known especially for her lifelong efforts to promote civil rights, women's rights, LGBTQ rights and prisoner rights. Davis gained national notoriety in 1970 when guns belonging to her were used in an attempt to free three Black prison inmates from a courtroom in Marin County, California. Four people including a judge were killed during the escape attempt, and although Davis did not participate directly, she was charged as an accessory to the crime. After spending more than a year in jail, during which time she became an icon of the Black Power movement, Davis was acquitted of all charges against her in 1972. This print by artist Leo S. Carty depicts Davis with the magnificent afro hairdo she wore in the early 1970s. Carty was an African American artist originally from the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. From the mid 1960s to mid 1970s, Carty's work as a commercial artist included commissions to illustrate a series of graphic history books detailing the lives and accomplishments of heroic Black figures such as Toussaint Louverture, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass and Marcus Garvey. In 1976, Carty left New York and moved to the US Virgin Islands where he spent the remainder of his career making paintings and prints that depicted Black life and culture in the islands. 

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