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Sees America As Receptive Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Sept 22, 1974 FAYETTIVILLt. ARKANSAS 5A Angela Davis Remains Dedicated To A Red Revolution BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Angola Yvonne Davis wears two chains about her neck, one of gold, one ol ivory. More than adornment, they ore chains ol commitment. From a thin golden chain bangs a small hammer and sickle, symbol of the Communist Party to which blank militant Angela Davis belongs. From an ivory strand of beads hangs a dragon, ancient symbol of strength and harbinger of the revolution Angela Davis predicts will crush capitalism. The writhing, almost translucent dragon evokes other forces--prison and private passion--which have made Angela Davis both celebrated and notorious among American anc international revolutionaries. "People who come out ol prison can build up the country," wrote North Vietnamese Communist Ho Chi Minn in a prison poem. "When the prison doors are opened, the rea dragon will fly out." Once imprisoned herself, An gela Davis is bound to the ? rison reform movement am he effort to free thousands ol persons of all races' she cons id ers unjustly jailed as politica prisoners. The convoluted chain also ev okes memory of the man An gela Davis loved -- prison revp lutionary George Jackson, slain n an escape attempt on Aug. 1, 1971. By one account, as he pulled Ml a gun, Jackson said: "The dragon has come ... The lack dragon has come." The chain of gold, the bond of very; these hang gently, hang leayily in the life of Angela Davis. REVOLUTION INEVITABLE Once a pig-tailed Girl Scout "rom Birmingham, Ala,, where ler parents taught school, Angela Davis today Is an Afro- coiffed Communist who believes with passion and cold historical analysis thai revolution is inev live without police surveillance ( her small home in a black working class neighborhood of Jast Oakland; lo live without hrcats of dealh and violence. She .would like to go shopping without being recognized and isked for her autograph which he gives with the word "solid- irity." "I really would prefer to lave someone else do all this," liable. She says she believes that, next to South Africa, America s the most racist country In ,he world; that racism and repression arc rising and that, more than ever, America is receptive to , socialist revolution and that Watergate helped sow the seeds. "I'm going to be committee to the struggle as long as '. live," she says. "There is no al tern alive. It would be like com milting suicide to leave the struggle." Tall, slender and gentle in manner, Angela Davis also is a private person who says she someday would like lo leacl again and earn her PhD in Em manuel Kant's philosophy o violence. She says she would like ti he says. But those things must come ater, if at all, for Angela Davis. "You know", she said very softly, bending her ' head into shadow, "when I start thinking about all . the things that would really like to do, then also reflect t upon what might lave happened if all Hie people nvolved in Ihe movement for my freedom had decided they would do what they like, instead of making sacrifices." The bond of gold and ivory circles the life of Angela Davis. HISTORY'S DIRECTION "History is moving in the direction we represent," she said during a rare interview. "In the end we know we are going to win... People are receptive press their opposition to government." Wearing burgundy slacks, high-collared burgundy shirl and brown leather packet, Miss Davis arrived for the-intcrview with two women friends who sat quietly by. Her conversational voice is soft, -level, deliberate, sometimes' nearly inaudible, a Southern accent faintly discernible beneath the modulated speech of East Coast education. Her words are 'carefully, precisely chosen, Again and again she speaks of historical inevitability. She might be addressing a class. drew a small, well-polished pipe, puffing occasionally and gesturing in slow circles for emphasis. "I took up smoking this pipe because I used to smoke four packs of cigarettes a day. Everyone asks me what's in it," she grinned, holding it up and filling the round bowl with to bacco. The slate of North Carolina and its prisons are a major lional focus of the National Alliance .Against Racist And Po lilical Repression. Mis sDayis calls it "The state which exhibits the most concentrated forms of repression in the country." There are 50 people on Death Row in North Carolina, more than In any other state. This fall the U.S. Supreme 3ourt will hear a challenge to the state's dealh penalty law. "If a precedent is set there lor executing human beings once more, it's going to happen all over the country," she added. "There's really not much to say about me," Angela Davis shrugged. Bui her famous gap-toolftcd smile and extravagant Afro are recognized wherever siie goes. When she travels, people lell her a brother is in jail, a sister is in trouble, somebody needs a lawyer. Everyone needs help. "It just goes on and on," she says. A n g e l a leans forward, relights her pipe and puffs rap- idly. PEOPLE RELATE "People relate to me, not as an individual, not the way people relate lo movie stars or someone like that." she laughed. "It's because of Ihe sense of solidarity with the movement. 'If I didn't think there was going to be a revolution in his country, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing," Angela Davis said. And what would she be doing? "I'd like to teach again and complete m y , P h D . Oh, 1 like a lot of things. I like to-read. I like music. I like to attend concerts. I like are. I like to go to museums. I like to go to par- lies. I like to dance. I like to ·ido bicycles. I like lo go to the movies." Would a revolutionary, a feminist, like to get married and have children? "I'd like to," Angela Davis said slowly, a little shyly, as though speaking of a distant goal. "But it's difficult to talk about that realistically when you don't even have the time to do the kinds of things that are conducive to meeting people that you would want to have children with. "My first commitment Is to the Alliance . . . If in the context of tny commitment to the struggle, 1 can find time lo do the Ihings I'd like to do . . . then : will. But all that has to be secondary." ... to revolutionary ideas." "Watergate," she ly, "has helped a said grim- great deal. We have been saying for years lhat there is an apparatus of repression used against political activists and people who ex- Let's Hope The Chute Works Angela 3D, settled into a cor- MONDAY TUESDAY OPEN DAILY 9-9; CLOSED SUNDAY K mart Blasts Rising Prices with these Fantastic Discounts MEN'S C.P.Q. 1 JACKETS IN I WOQLY PLAIDS Our Reg. 23.88 2 Days Only! 18 tV ·': Women s ' i Sizes t 2 Days Only Unlined, shirttail- style warm jacket with lined yoke and collar, roomy pockets. Men's sizes. Charge it. WOMEN'S FABRIC CASUALS Reg. 2.97 ISO 2 Days Neat cotton canvas with Kraton 3 rubber sole, cushion lining. Colors. »ShelI Beg.T.M. KNIT TOP FASHIONS Our Reg. 4.57 2 Days Only 3.77 Jacquard shirts. V-. U-, or turtle-neck solids in poinlelle or boucle knits. In easy-care nylon, polyester or nylon/polyester; misses' sizes. Hurry in for big savings. Charge it. Not Necessarily, Researcher Says Ailing Presidents The Best? BUFFALO, 1-:.Y. (AP) -| Were the best presidents of the United Stales the sickest ones? "Not necessarily," says Dr. Milton Plesur, professor of history at the Slate University of New York at "Juffalo. But, he points out, of the 11 "great" and "near great" U.S. presidents listed by the 1962 gchlesinger poll, eight had illnesses which affected their performance in office, and six died before their statistical l i f e e x One Armed Man Becomes Prosthesis! ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -They told Willard Holkestad he'd never make it as a pros thetist. After all, he only had one arm. But Holkestad, who had been without a left arm below the el bow since a . farm acciden when he was three, wanted to try for a career working with artificial limbs. Now, at 50, he is a ccrtifie proslhettst and executive vie president of Rochester Ortho pedic Appliances, Inc. Holkestad was fitted with an artificial arm for the first tlm when he was 14. Later, hi mother wrote the firm lhat hai filled the device and asked i there might be a job for he son. There was, and Holkestad] worked for several years in the shop in Minneapolis. Then he went lo Chicago to take a special class in prosthetics offered by Northwestern University. As Holkestad recalls it: The instructor looked at Holkestad's artificial arm and shook his head. "How do you expect to keep up wilh the others?" he asked bluntly. "A one- armed proslhetist will never make it." · "All I ask is a chance," Hoi kestad replied, and the instructor reluctantly agreed to keep him In the class. At the end of the course, his grades were the best in the class. ectancy. i Dr. Plesur, who bases his onclusions on his research for recently published book, "The 'residency. Reappraised," beeves that "although presidents re not 'great' because they re sick, illness tends to elevate the president in the eyes f historians." Illness has been prevalent imong the presidents of this entury, he notes, but the 'most arresting medical story" s that of Franklin D. Hoose- ell. He was plagued all his life vith a sensitive respiratory ract, contracted polio at age 39 ind it was rumored that he might have suffered severa 1 minor srokes in 1D38. " D e s p i t e the fact that Ihe President was suffering from lypertension and fatigue, ac cording to his last physician, he was able to perform his duties," adds Dr. Plesur, who feels that Roosevelt's "optim sm in the face of severe eco nomic depression and during ·he war years might have been due, in part, to his personal ex periences in overcoming an ill ness that would have defeated a lesser man. Roosevelt wa obviously ill, and this w a s known by many even before hi return from Yata." STROKE UNFORESEEN However, asserts Dr. Plesur the White House physicians in sistcd that Roosevelt w a s no even sick in 1944, and that th fatal stroke in 1945 was unfore seeable. "Roosevelt's case his ory raised many questions an highlighted the problem o presidential health," he ot rvcs. And linked to president!: health is . the problem of di closure, the history professo points out. "When does a phys clan's responsibility to the com munily supercede the traditio al patient - physician relatioi ship?" he asks. Would Franklin D. Roosevelt have acted differently at Yasta if he had been completely well? If Woodrow Wilson had not suffered from the after-effects of a post-stroke syndrome, would he have compromised during the League of Nations debate? "The course of history is ir- vocably linked with presiden- al disorders. An examination the number of presidents 10 have been seriously ill, in- uding at least six of thirteen th-century presidents, seems uphold the public's feeling lat it has the right to know lan political bosses and White ouse physicians have dis iosed," he continues, "This is specially true hi an age when future of civilization could epend upon a decision lo use uclear weapons. While House hysicians and their presiden- al patients have too often naintained that health is a pri- ate matter." NOT IMPLIED Dr. Plesur says he docs not mean to imply that a president must be in perfect physical ondition. The leader is elected for his ability to deal with the ssues. If the president is in easonably good health, lhat hould be eno.iigh. 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