HappyBirthday to the one and only AngelaDavis! 🎉✊🏾🙌🏾 . Angela Davis is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for human rights. She was a professor (now retired) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in its History of Consciousness Department and a former director of the university's Feminist Studies department. Her research interests are feminism, African-American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music, social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons. She co-founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison–industrial complex.