Angela Davis is that rare totemic figure of the ’60s who remains totemic today. Icily articulate and still beautiful as she nears 70, Davis compels attention on screen. You can see why Shola Lynch would want to make this documentary about her, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners.”
Davis compelled even more attention in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The FBI made her only the third woman to appear on its Ten Most Wanted list. Richard Nixon publicly praised her arrest. John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded a tribute to her, “Angela.” The Rolling Stones dedicated “Sweet Black Angel” to her. It didn’t hurt her public profile that Davis wore her hair in what may have been the world’s largest Afro.