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Sybille De La Croix & Amazing Ameziane

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In this follow-up to their NYT bestselling graphic biography of Muhammad Ali, the acclaimed French writer and artist duo tell the story of Black activist, professor, and prison abolitionist Angela Davis. In Ms Davis, the acclaimed French cartooning duo tell the story of this seminal, revolutionary 1960s icon through an accessible graphic novel narrative. Born in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, Angela Davis' family fought in the civil rights movement against racial segregation enforced by the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1968, she joined the Black Communist Party and traveled to Cuba, a journey which left its mark on her forever. In 1971, Davis was put on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List because several Black prisoners whose causes she had championed used weapons she owned in a Marin County courtroom gunfight. She went to prison despite her protestations of innocence. The Black People in Defense of Angela Davis formed, and soon the entire world would know her story and ask for her freedom.

In 1972, she was found not guilty by an all-white jury. Since then, she has dedicated her life to the fight for justice. The graphic biography also includes illustrated educational supplementary material that adds historical context about the various political organizations and programs referred to in the book, such as Cointelpro, an illegal FBI program dedicated to destroying U.S. political groups. Sybille Titeux de la Croix studied academic drawing, sculpture, photography, video-making and printmaking at EnsAD in Paris. Her graphic biography Muhammad Ali (2016) appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and has been published in seven languages.

French cartoonist Amazing Améziane worked as an art director, illustrator, and graphic designer before he launched his comics career. In 2017, he drew the graphic biography Muhammad Ali and currently splits his time between his own Noir comics, his projects with Titeux de la Croix, his collaboration with Jared Reinmuth on Big Black: Stand at Attica!, and filmmaking.

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