*Activist and university professor Angela Davis – the former Communist Party associate and Black Panther Party member whose afro and raised fist alone personifies the black power movement of the 60s and 70s – says she isn’t 100 percent satisfied with the current occupant of the White House.
“Of course there are critiques that I would propose of the Obama administration. I would probably be critical of any administration,” she told a group of television critics Thursday. “But I think it is important for us to claim the victory of Obama’s election.
“I think we have forgotten the world-historical character of that victory and the fact that at one point most people did not believe that it was possible to elect a black person — not even the black community. The vast majority of people supported [Hillary] Clinton because they didn’t think Obama was electable. But, there were young people who refused to believe that it was impossible.”
In the audio below, Davis – founder of the organization “Critical Resistance,” which works to do away with the prison-industrial complex – says she believes the current “Occupy” movement is merely a progression of the mass energy that coalesced to elect Barack Obama.
Davis was at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. to discuss her presence in the upcoming PBS special “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,” a film documenting the Black Power Movement in the US – all shot by a group of Swedish journalists. [Scroll down to watch a clip.] It’s set to premiere in February for Black History Month.
The film, co-produced by actor Danny Glover, is put together like a 70s mixtape – complete with speeches, news accounts and interviews that were uncovered in the Swedish Television archives by director Göran Hugo Olsson. One of the film’s more memorable interviews is a 1972 Q&A with Davis in her jail cell while awaiting trial for murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. (She was later acquitted).
Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Huey Newton and other figures from the black power movement are also featured in the film, while the music swings without breaks from sounds of the time period, to contemporary contributions from such artists as Talib Kweli and Amir “?uestlove” Thompson of The Roots.
Watch a clip below.