By: Angela Davis
Who’s the author?
Angela Davis is a Black activist, scholar and writer born in 1944. In “Freedom is a Constant Struggle”, she underlines the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.
Why should you read this book?
- – To reconnect a variety of subjects that are often treated separately, from Palestine to prison
abolition, “black power”, President Obama, feminism…
- – To open up the discursive terrain, Angela Davis develops a vocabulary that permits her audience to have insightful conversations about social issues.
- – To join a cause. In fact, the book shows that everything we experience as individuals always has political implications.
What are the best parts of the book?
The intersectionality of struggles to achieve freedom
When you popularize connections, you encourage people to think about struggles in a global way. This is why Angela Davies has always tried to create “windows and doors” between them.
Transnational solidarities: the importance of mass movements throughout history
There is a necessity to broaden the understanding people have of solidarity. Today’s international
framework shows that movements are more powerful when they begin to affect the vision and perspective of those who do not necessarily associate themselves with those movements. Angela Davis reconnects Black movements history in the US with other movements that previously started in other countries, such as Cuba, China, and South Africa. Today, the ongoing struggle of the US black population can inspire Palestinians…and vice versa. In fact, what has kept Angela David going for all those years has been the development of new modes of community, across borders and beyond personal ambitions.