Today’s Dame of the Day is Angela Davis (January 26, 1944-). Davis is best known for her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement and her affiliation with the Black Panther Party; she strongly advocated for black women’s needs within the Movement. In spite of President Reagan’s attempt to blacklist her for her Communist beliefs, she taught at UCLA and ran for Vice President twice on the Communist Party ticket in the 1980s. Today, she continues to write, speak, and fight diligently for prison reform.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005). In 1955, she defied Alabama’s segregation laws and refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. Her act of resistance catalyzed the Montgomery Bus Boycott and transformed her into an instant icon of the Civil Rights Movement. While she and her husband lost their jobs as a result, Parks declared, “I only knew that, as I was being arrested, that it was the very last time that I would ever ride in humiliation of this kind…”
Today’s Dame of the Day is Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003). The High Priestess of Soul blended her gospel upbringing with classical and jazz sensibilities to produce over 40 albums throughout her career. During the 1960s, Simone played an active role in the Civil Rights Movement and addressed racial inequality through her music. To this day, musicians from all walks of life cite her as an influence, but Simone’s voice was and always will be unmistakably her own.