January 26th People

January 26th

01-26-1944 Angela Davis – Born in Birmingham, Alabama. She is an American political activist, academic scholar, and author. During the 1960s, she was a prominent counterculture activist leader. One of her prime interests is to abolish the prison-industrial complex. From 1969 to 1991, she was a member of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party. Now retired, she was a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis was prosecuted for conspiracy involving the 1970 armed take-over of a Marin County, California courtroom. She was aquitted by an all white jury on June 4, 1972. She had spent sixteen months incarcerated. Davis is a supporter of Black Lives Matter. She was a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington on January, 21, 2017. She is an out lesbian.

01-26-1908 – 07-28-1990 Jill Esmond – Born in London, England. She was an English stage and screen actress. Esmond was the first wife of Laurence Olivier. They were married from 1930 to 1940. The couple had one son. Esmond made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Skin Game (1931). She also appeared in two Broadway plays, Private Lives (1931) and The Green Bay Tree (1933). Olivier stated, “The marriage was a pretty crass mistake. She had admitted to me that she was in love elsewhere and could never love me as completely as I would wish.” Esmond was a lesbian and because it was socially unacceptable in her lifetime, it was rarely mentioned. After divorcing Olivier, she lived the rest of her life with another woman.

01-26-1943 Susan Griffin – Born in Los Angeles, California. She is an eco-feminist author. She describes her work as “draw[ing] connections between the destruction of nature, the diminishment of women and racism, and trac[ing] the causes of war to denial in both private and public life.” In addition to her many published writings, Griffin co-wrote and narrated the award-winning 1990 documentary, Berkeley in the Sixties. She is an out lesbian.

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