Given Angela Davis' background as a scholar who studied at the Sorbonne, she would seem an unlikely fit for the most wanted list. But beyond her studies, Davis took a strong interest in political activism.
The Soledad brothers -- John W. Cluchette, Fleeta Drumgo and George Lester Jackson -- were three men in the prison of the same name. They stood accused of murdering a white guard.
Davis had purchased weapons used by Jackson's younger brother, Jonathan Jackson, for what would be an escape attempt gone wrong on Aug. 7, 1970, in which he took the judge and jurors hostage in a bid to negotiate freedom for the three. When the group attempted to escape the courtroom, a shoot-out ensued, leaving four people, including Jonathan and the judge, dead.
Although she maintained her innocence, asserting that Jonathan hid the weapons from her without her knowledge, Davis went on the run and was placed on the FBI's most wanted list on Aug. 18. When Davis was captured two months later, her trial brought international attention and pressure for her release.
Two years after her capture, Davis was acquitted at her trial for charges including criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and murder.