Listen now (7 mins) | Angela Yvonne Davis is an American activist, educator and author who gained an international reputation during her imprisonment and trial based on conspiracy charges between 1970 and 1972. Angela Davis was born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, the United States. She was the daughter of two Alabama school teachers. Davis had to face discrimination in several ways even from her childhood. Birmingham in Alabama state was one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. The infamous Ku Klux Clan often attacked the home of black residents with bombs, and her neighbourhood was nicknamed ‘Dynamite Hill’.