Longtime political activist, writer, speaker, teacher, and cultural icon Angela Davis celebrated her 70th birthday on January 26. Angela’s bold, outspoken politics combined with her striking image (and that classic afro!) inspired many memorable posters, graphics, and magazine covers. Here are 10 of our favorites. For more information on the visual image of Angela Davis, read Trailing Angela Davis, from FBI Flyers to “Radical Chic” Art, via Collectors Weekly, which was the source for many of these images.

1980 campaign button for the Communist Party U.S.A. candidates: Gus Hall for President, Angela Davis for Vice-President.

1980 campaign button for the Communist Party U.S.A. candidates: Gus Hall for President, Angela Davis for Vice-President.

Free Angela Davis poster, 1970s

Free Angela Davis poster, 1970s

Happy International Women’s Day!

Spare Rib, February 1975

Source: David Burgin

Goddesses of Our Youth #7: Angela Davis

Free Angela Davis poster, early 1970s

Goddesses of Our Youth #7: Angela Davis

Jet, May 14, 1974

Goddesses of Our Youth #7: Angela Davis

Jet, February 24, 1972

Goddesses of Our Youth #7: Angela Davis

The New York Daily News, June 1972

Goddesses of Our Youth is a joint, month-long Tumblr homage by Newmanology and David Cowles to the female celebrities of the 60s and 70s who inhabited our adolescent and teen-age minds and hearts. Newmanology will be posting magazine covers, and David Cowles will be posting LP and book covers, posters, photos, and more visual treats.

Goddesses of Our Youth #7: Angela Davis

Jet, July 27, 1972

Goddesses of Our Youth #7: Angela Davis

Newsweek, December 1970
"Angela Davis Black Revolutionary"

Goddesses of Our Youth is a joint, month-long Tumblr homage by Newmanology and David Cowles to the female celebrities of the 60s and 70s who inhabited our adolescent and teen-age minds and hearts. Newmanology will be posting magazine covers, and David Cowles will be posting LP and book covers, posters, photos, and more visual treats.