Instead of a greeting, singer-songwriter Franz Josef Degenhardt contributed the text of his song „Angela Davis“ from the 1972 album „Mutter Mathilde“. Text reprinted with the kind permission of Franz Josef Degenhardt and the publishing house Kulturmaschinen.

This is the story of the crimes of the communist Angela Davis and why she was to be sent to the gas chamber:

Three black brothers, they sang, that was
in the year seventy on the thirteenth of January
in the prison yard of Soledad
in the State of California.
But that must not be, it was late - half past nine,
they just wanted to see the beautiful full moon.
High on the tower watched the guard John Mills,
the nigger-hater with the scar on his neck.
And who instantly emptied a few magazines
and the three black brothers no longer sang.
Very well, you all say, that´s not very nice.
But what has that to do with Angela Davis?
Listen on, I say, look ahead!

The captive men of Soledad
they wanted satisfaction for this deed
and they went on strike. And John Mills was taken to court.
But the judge said: Mills was only doing his duty.
Well, and a few days later John Mills was found -
beaten to death and with his neck cut through.
One Governor Reagan was pleased as punch:
just at this time three Black Panthers were
in solitary confinement and it was so easy,
Reagan accused them of murder.
Very well, you all say, that´s not very nice.
But what has that to do with Angela Davis?
Listen on, I say, look ahead!

The judge was named Haley and he was a fascist,
just like the governor is one.
Right at the beginning of the trial he said:
Martin Luther King, he was rightly killed.
And he was most anxious to see,
how revolutionaries go to the gas chamber.
A premeditated murder, how can we stop it?
A brother of one of the accused, he was named
Jonathan Jackson, they let him into the court-room,
and he was to free the three comrades.

Jackson, he jumps over the judge´s bench,
sticks the weapon hard in the judge‚s neck.
Handcuffs go and weapons appear.
In no time the court-room is bare.
And the judge is taken as a hostage.
But outside the police is in wait.
When they come out, the cops open fire,
and the whole rescue mission ends in blood.
The three roll down the court-house steps,
along with Judge Haley.
Very well, you all say, that´s not very nice.
But what has that to do with Angela Davis?
Listen on, I say, look ahead!

Those in power, they´re in the know:
their mighty ending is not far off,
Once the powerless begin to free themselves.
And then they remembered Angela Davis.
Because she had always said, that that‘s the way it is.
And she says that not just because she's a communist.
Therefore she is tried as an accessory to murder
before the judge of the Panthers of Soledad.
But no matter what comes: It has started to roll,
this beginning of the end of justice by murder.
And even if they let all the John Mills and Lieutenant Calleys go free:
Angela and her party will win in the end.

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