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Families of Revolutionaries: Eisa Davis

Actress, singer and playwright, Eisa Davis

The name Angela Davis is synonymous with revolution. But her niece, Eisa Davis, didn't learn that until later in life. "I did know that my aunt was a public figure of some kind," says Eisa Davis. "And I did know that my mom had done everything she could to save her sister’s life."

Credit photo courtesy of Eisa Davis
Eisa and her aunt Angela Davis

Angela Davis fought for justice throughout her life. Davis joined the civil rights movement in 1963. She was shocked by the deaths of four little girls killed in the Birmingham Church bombing. After years fighting against oppression Davis became a member of the Black Panther Party. She was accused of participating in a prisoner escape plan at a Marin County courthouse, which resulted in several deaths. She fled, was arrested, and later acquitted. Her family stood strong behind her, leading the Free Angela Davis campaign.

"I'm really excited that I get to make things that are able to affect the notions that people have about themselves and also in particular for black women."-- Eisa Davis

For our series on the Families of Revolutionaries, Leila Day talks to actress, playwright, singer and proud niece, Eisa Davis.


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Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.