Angela Davis is a true American hero. The activist, scholar and one-time Black Panther continues the fight for freedom, particularly as it relates to the abuses of the prison industrial system. Her relationship with Black Panther and author George Jackson, who’s “Soledad Brother” is a classic book of the Black power struggle, led to her becoming the third woman ever on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Her arrest and trial in 1970 on aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder in conjunction with a courthouse raid led by Jackson’s brother Jonathan, led to a worldwide support movement to free her from jail and fight against her conviction. Davis was ultimately acquitted of all charges and became a professor in the California state university system.

Now filmmaker Shola Lynch, who’s also made a documentary about Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm the first African-American woman to run for President, has made a documentary about Davis’ life called “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners.”

The story of Davis’ life and activism is told through archival footage and the voices of those who were involved in the movement. The film has drawn the support of prominent backers including Jada Pinkett Smith and Overbrook Entertainment, Jay-Z and BET Networks. It opens in limited release this Frida in AMC theaters. Pinkett Smith joined The Tom Joyner Morning Show to talk about why she was so passionate about this project.

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