Ms Davis: A Graphic Biography (Hardcover)
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In this follow-up to their New York Times bestselling graphic biography of Muhammad Ali, the acclaimed French writer and artist duo tell the story of Black activist, professor, and prison abolitionist Angela Davis.
In Ms Davis, the acclaimed French cartooning duo tell a story of this seminal, revolutionary, 1970s icon through an accessible graphic novel narrative.
Born in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, Angela Davis’ family fought in the civil rights movement against racial segregation enforced by the Ku Klux Klan. In 1968, she joined the Black Communist Party and traveled to Cuba, a journey which left its mark on her forever. In 1971, the FBI put Davis on their 10 Most Wanted List. They accused her of orchestrating a politically motivated Marin County courtroom gunfight because she owned the guns. She went to prison despite her protestations of innocence. The Black People in Defense of Angela Davis formed, and soon the entire world would know her story and demand her freedom. In 1972, she was found not guilty by an all-white jury. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the fight for justice.
The graphic biography also includes illustrated educational supplementary material that adds historical context about the various political organizations and programs referred to in the book, such as COINTELPRO, an illegal FBI program dedicated to destroying U.S. political groups it deemed “subversive.”
French cartoonist Amazing Améziane worked as an art director, illustrator, and graphic designer before he launched his comics career as a scriptwriter in 2001. Along with Paco Ignacio Taibo II, he has worked on the comic adaptation of Cuatro Manos [Four Hands]. In 2017, he drew the graphic biography Muhammad Ali, written Sybille Titeux de la Croix, which was published internationally and landed on the New York Times Best-Seller list. Now Ameziane splits his time between his own Noir comics, his projects with Titeux de la Croix, his collaboration with Jared Reinmuth on Big Black: Stand at Attica!, and filmmaking.
Jenna Allen is a freelance translator based in Colorado.
Angela Davis shines through these brilliantly illustrated pages, which reveal her innocence, the cruelty of society, the maliciousness of the FBI, and the horrors of capitalism.
A stirring tribute to an icon and the fight against racism.
— La Rimbambulle