During her second year at Brandeis, Davis decided to major in French and continued her intensive study of philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre.Davis was accepted by the Hamilton College Junior Year in France Program.After visiting East Berlin during the annual May Day celebration, she felt that the East German government was dealing better with the residual effects of fascism than were the West Germans.Many of her roommates were active in the radical Socialist German Student Union (SDS), and Davis participated in some SDS actions.Consequently, Davis grew up surrounded by communist organizers and thinkers who significantly influenced her intellectual development.Davis was involved in her church youth group as a child, and attended Sunday school regularly.
In Paris, she and other students lived with a French family.
Nearing completion of her degree in French, Davis realized her major interest was in philosophy instead.
She became particularly interested in the ideas of Marcuse.
Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author.
She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist Party USA, of which she was a member until 1991, and was involved very briefly in the Black Panther Party during the Civil Rights Movement.