Angela Yvonne Davis
Added August 18th, 1970; captured October 13th, 1970
Davis' placement on the FBI's watch list was highly controversial. In 1970, the former philosophy professor was charged with murder and kidnapping, leading to her evasion of the police and being put on the most wanted list. But as The New York Times reported a day after her arrest, "The charges against Miss Davis do not allege that she was at the scene of the kidnap-murders...Miss Davis was charged under a California law that makes an accomplice equally guilty for having purchased the guns used." The guns in question were used for a courthouse kidnapping during the trial of the Soledad Brothers' – George L Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Wesley Clutchette, accused of killing a white guard Soledad prison – that left four dead, including a judge. She was acquitted in 1972 and cleared of all charges, going on to become a famed political activist, prisoners' rights advocate, and influential scholar in her post at the University of California Santa Cruz. Last March, in honor of Women's History Month, Democracy Now! held an interview with Davis about the upcoming presidential election and the role of Black Lives Matter in the election season.