Angela Davis: ‘All I did was sit in jail’

    Although filmmakeAngela Davisr Shola Lynch disagrees, civil rights icon Angela Davis said her imprisonment in the 1970s was just a small part of the political movement.

    “I had to recognize at a certain point that it really wasn’t about me,” she told an audience at the Schomburg Center in Harlem where Free Angela and All Political Prisoners premiered. “It was about people coming together, people struggling, people who were dedicated to achieving a victory even against odds that were seemingly insurmountable.”

    “All I did was sit in jail,” she humbly joked, giving credit to those who protested on her behalf and called attention to her arrest.

    However, Shola, who brought Angela’s story to the big screen, respectfully argued that while the movement was bigger than one single person, Angela should be honored and remembered for being the spark that set a community on fire.

    “It is about the movement, but it’s also about how one person can be the first domino in triggering a powerful movement,” she said.

    For those who aren’t familiar with Angela’s story, which climaxed during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Shola urged going to see the documentary, which includes historical footage and memories from those who were part of the Free Angela movement.

    “Whether you know Angela or remember Angela, it will bring you back to that era where the revolution was literally around the corner. You want to feel inspired and part of a movement? Go see Free Angela and All Political Prisonsers,” said Shola, who wants to immortalize more Black icons’ lives on film.

    Angela, who is still politically active decades later, wants the film to do more than make people feel like they’re part of a movement. She’d like the movie to galvanize people and call them to action.

    “I’m hoping that this film will inspire people to do the kind of organizing that will lead to some massive movements and change,” she said.

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