Angela Davis turns 66 today.
It seems like only yesterday that she was running for vice-president on the the Communist Party ticket and speaking to enthusiastic crowds in Havana. And few ’60s activists can say both John Lennon and Mick Jagger have written songs about them.
Ronald Reagan got her fired from her first teaching job at UCLA because she was a communist, but she took it to court and was reinstated.
Now she is retired from a professorship at UC Santa Cruz, but still active as a visiting professor at Syracuse and a frequent speaker on what she calls the prison-industrial complex.
It is also the birthday of another cultural icon who we lost in 2008: