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Dear Dr. Angela Davis….

Dear Dr. Angela Davis,

I saw you at the Farmer’s Market in Oakland, CA yesterday. I was too shy to approach you myself. However, my lovely husband convinced me to go up to you and introduce myself briefly. I know you must get scores of people each day, coming up to you. Who can blame us, as you have been an inspiration for so many!

The last time we had a brief interaction was back in February 2012, at the University of California Davis, where I was earning my PhD. You had given a talk as part of the social justice teach-in, initiated by the university after the 2011 pepper-spray incident. I asked you to give the audience more explanation about your take on the treatment of non-human animals. I was so pleased to hear your anti-speciesist take on the suffering that goes into the production of a chicken meal. You reminded us that most people’s lack of awareness around the suffering was a dangerous sign of how our minds have been colonized by capitalism. It is rare that I find scholars who are both black feminist oriented and conscious of how speciesism is imbricated in USA capitalist moral economy. I often have felt lonely and the ‘sole’ black feminist scholar who understands how both anti-capitalism and anti-speciesism do, and must, fit into social justice scholarship and activism.

Yesterday, I didn’t think you would remember me; but, you said that you did. I wish I had had a copy of Sistah Vegan on me to give to you, as I am sure you would enjoy it. Though we may never meet in person again, I just wanted to let you know that you have made a tremendous impact on my life and I know for a fact that my children will feel that impact. The photo of you, me, and my youngest newborn daughter Kira Satya is a moment I will treasure forever.

Kira Satya Harper-Zahn (2 months old), Breeze Harper, and Dr. Angela Davis. Jan 25, 2014. Grand Lake Farmer's Market, Oakland, CA.

Kira Satya Harper-Zahn (2 months old), Breeze Harper, and Dr. Angela Davis. Jan 25, 2014. Grand Lake Farmer’s Market, Oakland, CA.

On this 26th Day of January, 2014, I want to wish you a happy 70th birthday. I feel truly blessed that you were birthed into a world that truly needs a spirit such as yourself, to help transform our minds and start the necessary process of decolonization that includes both the lives of humans as well as non-human animals.

Best,

Dr. Amie “Breeze” Harper

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10 thoughts on “Dear Dr. Angela Davis….

  1. What a beautiful and beyond epic photograph, thanks for sharing!

  2. Caridad Souza on said:

    Love the photo and the homage to an elder, inspiration, and transformational spirit by a sistah who is following in her footsteps. Congratulations, Breeze. Love seeing those organic tamales too!

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I attended the 2012 NWSA conference and sat very close to Angela Davis multiple times. I never found the courage to tell her how profoundly her life and work has impacted my life and the direction of my studies. Thank you for finding that courage. I look up to both of you immensely.

  4. shannon currier on said:

    beautiful. We also enjoyed your presence with your beautiful family at Bacano Bakery!

  5. A wonderful and memorable encounter.

  6. Love this Breeze! I would have been tongue tied too! Glad you did it anyway and what a great hubby, to encourage you!

  7. I wouldn’t know what to say either if I was in her presence. By the way, congrats to you and your family on the birth of your 3rd child!

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