Interview with Angela Davis
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

I'd now like to have you talk about your decision to join the Communist Party and the vision for a movement that was inspiring you in that decision.

ANGELA DAVIS:

When I returned to this country from Europe I was very, very anxious to, ah, throw myself into organizing work in the Black community. I eventually became active in, ah, SNCC, Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee in Los Angeles, even though I was commuting between San Diego and Los Angeles. And I was very excited about the work that we were able to do in the community. Within a very short period of time we had hundreds of active members of the organization. I was the head of the Liberation School which I found extremely exciting, because I had always felt somewhat uncomfortable in the purely academic environment there I was able to teach Marx to community people, to young people. Eventually we had some problems within the organization, Los Angeles SNCC, they had to do with the part played by women in the organization. It was a very difficult period. Eventually the organization itself became defunct. It was at that time that I decided to join the Communist Party. I joined the Communist Party because I had come into contact with a number of communists, Black communists in particular, in working with SNCC and doing community work in San Diego and, and Los Angeles. And I was always very impressed by their vision, which seemed to, ah, go much further than what was happening at the moment, which seemed to be much broader than specifically the, ah, issues confronting Black people, ah, at that particular moment in history. They had a long range vision. They also had a sense of how to involve other progressive people and I associated myself in general with, with their vision. For example, ah, when we were in San Diego, ah, ah, there was the case of a young Black man by the name of, ah, Ed Lynn, at that particular time, his name, he eventually changed his name, who was charged, ah, with, ah, ah, I can't remember the exact charges but he.

INTERVIEWER:

Let's jut stop for a second, I'm not sure.

ANGELA DAVIS:

That you want to, OK, well.