“The civil rights movement demanded access, and access has been granted to some. The challenge of the twenty-first century is not to demand equal opportunity to participate in the machinery of oppression. Rather, it is to identify and dismantle those structures in which racism continues to be embedded. This is the only way the promise of freedom can be extended to masses of people.”

-Angela Davis | Abolition Democracy

Angela Davis Reading List

“Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights” in Women, Race and Class, 1981

“Race and Criminalization; Black Americans and the Punishment Industry” in The House that Race Built, ed. Wahneema Lubiano, 1997

“Political Prisoners, Prisons and Black Liberation”, originally from If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance, ed. Angela Davis & Betty Aptheker, 1971

“Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist” in Women, Race and Class, 1981

“I Used to be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality and Domesticity” in Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, 1999

“From the Prison of Slavery to the Slavery of Prison: Frederick Douglass and the Convict Lease System” in The Angela Y. Davis Reader, ed. Joy James, 1998

Angela Davis: An Autobiography, 1974 [reprinted in 1988]

“Racialized Punishment and Prison Abolition” in The Angela Y. Davis Reader, ed. Joy James, 1998

“Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves” in The Massachusetts Review , 1972

“Globalism and the Prison-Industrial Complex: An Interview with Angela Davis”, conducted by Avery F. Gordon, 1999

“Class and Race in the Early Women’s Rights Campaign” in Women, Race and Class, 1981

Are Prisons Obsolete,