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Carrie L. Davis

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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1944
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1944
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Carrie Lapsky Davis, an educator, clothing boutique owner and realtor, has been a community activist and worker in the political process since her days as a college girl participating in the Civil Rights Movement.

Born May 24, 1944 in Chicago, Davis' father was a physician and surgeon. However, Davis was raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi by her grandparents who owned a dairy. Davis graduated from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi in 1964, the same year she married fellow Tougaloo graduate, James W. Davis, a CPA.

Coming to Chicago in 1968, Davis became a teacher. In 1973, she earned a master's degree in Education from Northwestern University. Opting for the business world, Davis opened Cari's Designer Fashions in 1988, which enabled her to travel the world in search of unique women's clothes. Closing the business ten years later, Davis worked as a Headstart administrator for the Chicago public school system.

A tireless fund-raiser, Davis worked on the campaign to elect Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor. She also gained finanicial support for Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris' and Senator Carol Mosely-Braun's campaigns.

Davis is a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of Operation Push. She was a founder of the Lake Shore Links, a member of the Chicago Society of Mannequins and the Chicago Art Institute, Tougaloo College Alumni and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In 1999, she was elected to the Tougaloo Hall of Fame.

The Davises are residents of Chicago's Hyde Park. They have two sons: Stephen, a lawyer and investment banker, and Christopher, a Wall Street trader.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carrie L. Davis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carrie L. Davis describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carrie L. Davis describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carrie L. Davis describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carrie L. Davis describes the segregated community of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carrie L. Davis describes how she perceived segregation as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carrie L. Davis describes her extracurricular activities as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carrie L. Davis talks about her mentors as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Carrie L. Davis talks about being May Day Queen
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Carrie L. Davis describes her experiences attending Addison High School in Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Carrie L. Davis talks about what motivated her to attend college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Carrie L. Davis talks about attending Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Carrie L. Davis shares the history of Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Carrie L. Davis describes the faculty at Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Carrie L. Davis describes the culture at Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Carrie L. Davis describes her social life as a student at Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carrie L. Davis describes the entertainment culture of Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carrie L. Davis talks about studying education and sociology at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carrie L. Davis talks about the Civil Rights Movement at Tougaloo, College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carrie L. Davis describes participating in the Civil Rights Movement as a student at Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carrie L. Davis recalls her demonstration during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carrie L. Davis describes her Civil Rights activities in Jackson, Mississippi and Tougaloo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carrie L. Davis describes how the Civil Rights Movement impacted business owners Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carrie L. Davis describes how participating in the Civil Rights Movement affected her studies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carrie L. Davis talks about Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carrie L. Davis comments on law enforcement during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Carrie L. Davis describes how various murders during the Civil Rights Movement affected her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Carrie L. Davis talks about Robert Parris Moses and Reverend James Bevel
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Carrie L. Davis describes how the Civil Rights Movement shaped her home town of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Carrie L. Davis talks about meeting her husband, James Davis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Carrie L. Davis talks about raising her children in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carrie L. Davis talks about raising her children in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carrie L. Davis talks about attending the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carrie L. Davis talks about the teachings of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carrie L. Davis describes how the teachings of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies shaped her thinking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carrie L. Davis describes how her businesses have allowed her to give back to her community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carrie L. Davis talks about her boutique, Carrie's Designer Fashion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carrie L. Davis talks about her civic involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carrie L. Davis talks about founding Clara's Helping Hand for the Homeless
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Carrie L. Davis talks about supporting the NAACP and Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Carrie L. Davis talks about fundraising for Harold Washington's 1983 mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Carrie L. Davis talks about the legacy of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Carrie L. Davis talks about fundraising for Roland Burris's 1990 campaign for Illinois State Attorney General
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Carrie L. Davis explains why she supported Carol Moseley Braun's campaign for U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Carrie L. Davis describes what motivated her to work with political campaigns
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Carrie L. Davis talks about dining with President Bill Clinton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Carrie L. Davis describes her involvement with Al Gore's 2000 Presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carrie L. Davis talks about Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carrie L. Davis comments on why Vice President Al Gore lost the Presidential election in 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carrie L. Davis talks about being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carrie L. Davis talks about her sons, Steven and Christopher Davis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carrie L. Davis talks about raising her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carrie L. Davis talks about her philosophy on life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carrie L. Davis talks about how American culture has changed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carrie L. Davis narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carrie L. Davis narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carrie L. Davis narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carrie L. Davis narrates her photographs, pt. 4