America Free Angela, 1971

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America Free Angela, created in 1971, is the original cut paper collage for the poster that was then printed. Two posters were created subsequently for Angela Davis: “Angela Free Women Free Angela” and “American Free Angela Free America”. The words of these posters were set into a Kuba design of 8 triangular spaces in a rectangle. This ancient design is one often seen on African textiles and attributed to the Kuba tribe of the Congo region of Central Africa. Ringgold used these Kuba triangular spaces and words to form a kind of rhythmic repetition similar to the polyrhythms used in African drumming. These posters were reproduced on heavy cardboard and sold at women’s conferences and other events supporting various student, community and women’s causes.

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