She joined the Coordination of the Noviolent Student Committee and the Black Panther Party in 1967. A year later, she joined the American Communist Party. She went to Los Angeles to teach at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of California.
Because of her status as a member of the US Communist Party, she was fired by the university in 1970 for review by the FBI. SHe was later involved in the murder of George Jackson and WN Nolen of the Black Panters in Soledad Carlisle Prison. SHe fled and became the most wanted fugitive. Davis was arrested in a New York motel, but he was not found guilty and the court released him.