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Radical Black educator Angela Davis was once called a terrorist and danger to the nation by former President Richard Nixon.

Angela Davis, a radical public intellectual and former Black Panther, has praised Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign for "raising issues that... never would have been taken up within the context of the campaign between two major parties."

The political activist and former leader of the Communist Party USA was asked about Sanders during a tour of her latest book, “Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement."

"My approach has always been to emphasize independent, more radical politics," Davis said, but admitted that Sanders is the U.S. presidential candidate she most aligns with. 

When asked which of Sanders' policies she supports, Davis said it is "absolutely essential to raise the issues of decommodification of education and free education. And of course, he’s calling for tuition-free education at our public universities," she added.

On the topic of healthcare, Davis praised Sanders' promise of "free, single-payer healthcare."

"Then there are the larger questions about the prison industrial complex that have not been sufficiently raised," she said.

Davis, who was born in Alabama in 1944, has campaigned and written about civil and women’s rights, racism, healthcare and prison reform as well as poverty and grassrooots resistance since she first came into the public eye in the 1960s.

Back then her activism for the rights of prisoners led to her arrest and she was put on trial for charges of kidnapping, conspiracy and murder.

Angela Davis is also known to have been friends with many of the Black girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. She is often associated with the Black Panthers, who she joined during her time as a student in San Diego.

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Now a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Davis has published multiple books including the 1981 classic, "Women, Race and Class" and the 2003 book, "Are Prisons Obsolete?"

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