That time I got Angela Davis to sign my copy of her iconic Newsweek.
I almost didn't make it to her lecture. Back then, I was a meager college student w no car. I told my Africana studies class all about her coming and they left me! I went all around campus tryna bum a ride. Just when I was about to give up, a friend of mine just happened to pull up, he was like, "u ain't going?" I was like, "I don't have a ride."
He said, "hop in". I was never more grateful for a ride in my life!
I rode there like the ride wasn't quite real. I think I held my breath a lil bit till I got there with this magazine burning a hole in my bag. I had been saving this eBay treasure for three months.
Once at the lecture, I listened to her talk on penal reform, and tried to imagine her highly intellectual, younger self swamped in consuming chaos. The imagery of her fearless face and halo of an afro is indespensible. After questions and applause , I jetted down to the front of the auditorium, and pushed my way into her sight. Once there, I shoved the magazine into her line of sight.
Momentarily, she was startled, but quickly recovered. Perhaps having the real life Angela Davis stamp the scariest part of her life for me to gawk at was selfish, but I am certainly grateful that she let me indulge. My apologies #Angeladavis
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