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Halle Berry eager to make movie about political activist Angela Davis

Davis rose to prominence during the 1960s as she fought for racial equality in the Civil Rights Movement and she went on to head up the socialist Black Panther Party.

She was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list when guns she owned were used by 17-year-old African-American student Jonathan Jackson during a 1970 courtroom stand-off in Marin County, California, which resulted in the abduction of two defendants and the murder of a judge.

Her legal battle drew support from the likes of The Rolling Stones and John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who recorded their song Angela in support of the activist, and she was finally cleared of any involvement in Jackson’s crime in 1972.

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Berry admits she would love to explore the political protester’s life in a film.

Berry tells America’s In Style magazine, “Her story is so fascinating. I would love to bring it to the screen. I would pick her brain to have a better understanding of her affiliation with the Black Panthers and that period from the 1960s.”

The movie Berry hopes to make would also explore Davis’ communist beliefs – she also ran as the U.S. vice presidential candidate for the Communist Party USA.

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