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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Educator
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Are Not In The World, The World Is In You, In Your Consciousness.

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1939
Birth Location:
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Educator
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
You Are Not In The World, The World Is In You, In Your Consciousness.

Birthplace

Born:
11/29/1939
Birth Location:
Shepherdstown
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Biography

Journalist, educator and author George Bernard Davis was born on November 29, 1939 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia to Reverend Clarence and Winnie (Ross) Davis. He attended public schools in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, and was among a handful of students who integrated Baltimore City College (high school), where he graduated in 1957. Davis then enrolled in Colgate University and spent the summer of his junior year with Operations Crossroads Africa in the Niger River Delta in Nigeria. He graduated from Colgate University with his B.A. degree in anthropology in 1961 and joined the United States Air Force, where he flew forty-seven combat missions during the Vietnam War and was promoted to captain.

Davis worked first for The Washington Post as a reporter and day city editor from 1968 to 1969. He then moved to The New York Times, where he served as an editor in the Sunday Department from 1969 to 1970. Davis earned his M.F.A. degree in creative writing from Columbia University in 1971, and was hired as an assistant professor at Bronx Community College of The City University of New York. In 1980, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Newark campus of Rutgers University, and went on to be named professor emeritus. Davis has also held adjunct positions at Colgate University, Columbia University and the Yale School of Organization and Management. In addition, he has served as a contributing editor to Essence magazine and Black Enterprise magazine, writes The Modern Melting Pot blog at Psychology Today, and has contributed articles to The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and other online journalism websites. In the mid-1990s, Davis conducted the Spiritual Intelligence Action Research Project at Rutgers University; and in 2013, established The Bay is Dying – an Ecology Game.

Davis authored the novel Coming Home (1971), which was judged a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Coming Home also supplied the story upon which the Academy Award-winning Jane Fonda anti-war film of the same name was based. Davis went on to publish many additional books, including Love, Black Love (1974); the national bestseller, Black Life in Corporate America: Swimming in the Mainstream (co-authored with Glegg Watson, 1982); Soul Vibrations: Astrology for African Americans (co-authored with Gilda Mathews, 1996); Love Lessons: African Americans and Sex, Romance, and Marriage in the Nineties (1998); Barack Obama America and the World (2011); The Melting Points – A Spiritual Spy Novel (2012); and Spiritual Intelligence (2012).

George Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 19, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George Davis lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George Davis describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George Davis describes his mother, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George Davis describes his mother, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George Davis describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George Davis describes his father's ministry and his own childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George Davis talks about his parents' life in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George Davis talks about his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George Davis describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George Davis talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George Davis describes his parents' attitudes towards integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George Davis describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George Davis describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George Davis recalls elementary school in Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George Davis describes Wheeling High School in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - George Davis recalls his childhood mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - George Davis describes his mother's feelings on integration and spirituality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - George Davis describes integrating his high school at Baltimore City College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George Davis talks about his time in high school at Baltimore City College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George Davis talks about his college search and scholarships
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George Davis talks about his high school interests and activities at Baltimore City College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George Davis talks about his high school interests and activities at Baltimore City College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George Davis describes his transition to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George Davis describes his studies at Colgate University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George Davis describes the historical context in which he went to Nigeria as a student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George Davis reflects on what he learned while studying in West Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George Davis describes his experience with Operation Crossroads Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George Davis describes learning through Professor Sio at Colgate University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George Davis talks about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George Davis talks about his brief time at Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George Davis continues to describe his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George Davis talks about joining the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George Davis recalls how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George Davis talks about his time in the U.S. Air Force, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - George Davis talks about his time in the U.S. Air Force, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - George Davis talks about his writings based on his time in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George Davis describes his final years in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George Davis describes his time working at the Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George Davis describes double standards in journalism in his time reporting for the Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George Davis describes his time working at the New York Times and race issues in journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George Davis talks about John Oliver Killens and his time at Columbia University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George Davis talks about his novel Coming Home
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George Davis talks about conflicts over the movie adaptation of his novel Coming Home
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - George Davis talks about the spiritual world
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - George Davis describes how he began to study spirituality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - George Davis describes his view of spirituality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - George Davis describes his view of spirituality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - George Davis describes his writing in relation to spirituality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - George Davis describes books he authored
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - George Davis talks about corporate America and the South
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - George Davis describes the Spiritual Intelligence Action Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - George Davis describes his book and project Soul Vibrations: Astrology for African Americans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - George Davis discusses astrology and his Soul Vibrations project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - George Davis talks about his books Love Lessons and Love, Black Love
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - George Davis talks about his blog "Modern Melting Pot"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - George Davis talks about his monograph Spiritual Intelligence and his time at Rutgers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - George Davis talks about teaching writing and Walter Dean Myers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - George Davis reflects on HistoryMaker and President Barack Obama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - George Davis reflects on HistoryMaker and President Barack Obama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - George Davis describes his recent projects, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - George Davis describes his recent projects, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - George Davis discusses his book Branches: From We Shall Overcome to Yes We Can, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - George Davis discusses his book, Branches: From We Shall Overcome to Yes We Can, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - George Davis describes his writing philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - George Davis reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - George Davis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - George Davis talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - George Davis talks about how he would like to be remembered