The rise of Angela Davis posters

Collectors Weekly has an article about the rise of Angela Davis posters.

On August 18, 1970, Angela Yvonne Davis’s name was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List for kidnapping, murder, and interstate flight. Davis was already a darling of the left for her membership in the Communist Party and outspoken support for the Black Panthers, which caused then-California governor Ronald Reagan to personally orchestrate the 26-year-old’s dismissal from a teaching post at UCLA. Being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover for a crime she clearly did not commit took Davis’s celebrity to a whole new level, instantly making her as famous or infamous, depending on your point of view, as revolutionaries such as Che and Mao.

Trailing Angela Davis, from FBI Flyers to 'Radical Chic' Art

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  1. Unsurprisingly, I used to have a huge collection of silk-screened revolutionary posters lining my walls. The Emiliano Zapata one was probably the most beautiful, but there was a terrifying one from the MIR in Chile. It was on a ~4 foot high, torn-off piece of newsprint, spray-painted through a stencil, and showing a stylized naked man in a stress position, hanging in mid-air with his hands tied behind his back.

    Selling silk-screened posters was one of our primary means of fund-raising at speaking events and big demonstrations. Sadly, they all went into the dumpster years ago. The art form has proven to be sufficiently ephemeral that I can't even find images of any of the posters that I used to own.

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