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Length: 67 minutes
Oral history interview of Danny Davis by Terence Sims
Dr. Davis begins by outlining his introduction into activism and politics, when he served as executive director for the Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission in 1968. He explains how his definition of apartheid, which he is still fighting against, encompasses the massive underrepresentation of Black Americans in U.S. government positions. He details his childhood in rural Arkansas, growing up with ten siblings on a farm. He recalls early figures in the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas, like the Little Rock Nine and Martin Luther King, Jr. He explains how he came to Chicago for work and became involved with the movement personally, attending demonstrations and meetings with the Black Panther Party. He recalls the impact of a number of major events of the era, including the assassination of Dr. King and the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He tells of how he became involved with the anti-apartheid movement, protesting at the South African consulate, holding meetings at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and introducing a resolution to the Chicago City Council to divest from companies doing business with the Apartheid government. Finally, he reflects on the continued inequality in South Africa and the relationships he built then that have enriched his life personally and professionally.
Sims, Terence. "Interview with Danny Davis" (Spring 2010). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/32
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