Academic Freedom: The Case of Angela the Red

As TV news cameras ground away, an overflow audience of 2,000 students, professors and curiosity-seekers jammed Royce Hall at the University of California at Los Angeles last week for the first meeting of Philosophy 99¬óRecurring Philosophical Themes in Black Literature. When the lecturer took the podium, the audience stood up and cheered. The center of all this attention was Angela Davis, 25, a militant black and an acting assistant professor of philosophy at U.C.L.A. She is the heroine in what is fast becoming California's most dramatic row over academic freedom since the...

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