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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Invitation to brunch with Angela Davis, n.d. Printed invitation. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (054.00.00)

Brunch with Angela Davis

Rosa Parks’ circle of friends included civil rights attorney Leo Branton, Jr., who co-defended Angela Davis. He persuaded a predominantly white jury to acquit Davis in 1972. Sometime later, Rosa received this invitation to attend a “brunch with Angela” in Indian Village, an affluent East Detroit neighborhood. Davis was then co-chairperson of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, an offshoot of the mass movement to free her, founded in 1973.