After two months of being on the run, FBI agents found Davis at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in New York City. President Richard M. Nixon congratulated the FBI on its “Capture of the dangerous “Terrorist”, Angela Davis.”
Aretha Franklin offered to pay Angela Davis’ bail after she was captured by the FBI. Franklin stated:
“I know you got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace. Jail is hell to be in. I’m going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in Communism, but because she is a Black woman and she wants freedom for black people. I have the money; I got it from black people – they’ve made me financially able to have it – and I want to use it in ways that will help our people.”
Angela Yvonne Davis is a political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex.
Davis is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department.
Read more about her time on the run and the ‘Free Angela’ Movement at:Daily Black History Facts