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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
You won't find her listed in Notable American Women beside Frances Elliott Davis who won Eleanor Roosevelt's admiration by challenging racial barriers to become the first black nurse enrolled by the American Red Cross. Nor is this Black Power activist found before theatrical educator Hollie Mae Ferguson Flanagan, encouraged by her artistic German mother and dynamic Scot pioneer father to "set a stout heart to a steep hillside." But Angela Y. Davis deserves recognition when this Harvard Press publication goes into a second printing, because seldom in the history of American justice has a criminal court heard a civil libertarian plea to "Free Angela" so forceably [forcibly] expounded as in June of 1972.
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