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Longtime political and human rights activist Angela Davis stopped by Pasadena and TCA this afternoon to help promote a new edition of the PBS series Independent Lens in which she appears. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is based on footage shot by Swedish journalists in the late 1960s and early ’70s to document the Black Power movement. Premiering on February 9, the show weaves footage shot on the streets of Harlem, Brooklyn and Oakland with interviews of movement leaders Eldridge Cleaver, Stokely Carmichael, Davis and numerous others. Davis is now a college professor, having spent the past 15 years teaching at the University of California – Santa Cruz. Her areas of expertise include the “history of consciousness” and feminist studies. She’s also the author of eight books, one of which documents her years on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List in the 1970s at the behest of President Richard Nixon. Recalling her original interview by Swedish journalist Goran Hugo Olsson, Davis noted he was “the first journalist allowed to interview me from jail.” The interview figures in the documentary. She was serving time for aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder when the interview was conducted in the early 1970s. “I was asked by him and by everyone else at the time ‘Why do you advocate violence?” Davis said. “For some reason we were (considered) the ones responsible for all of the violence of that era.”
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