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The Honorable Monique Davis

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
May God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
May God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1936
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Monique Dionne Davis was born August 19, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois to James and Constance McKay. After graduating from Calumet High School at age sixteen, Davis attended one semester at Chicago State University, leaving to get married and move to Denver, Colorado. After having two children, Robert and Monique, Davis returned to Chicago State University and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1966, and later her master’s degree in guidance and supervision. Davis also went on to earn graduate hours in administration supervision and special education, as well as credits toward her doctoral degree in administration and supervision from Roosevelt University.

Davis first worked in education in the Chicago Public School system where she taught for eighteen years. She later served as an administrator for the Chicago Board of Education, and a training specialist for City Colleges of Chicago.

Davis’ political career began as a volunteer to Democratic candidates Gus Savage, Monica Faith Stewart and Harold Washington. In 1987, Davis was elected to the Illinois General Assembly, where she has served since. She has served as chair of the Insurance Committee, vice chair of Financial Institutions, member of the Appropriations – General Services Committee, Appropriations – Higher Education Committee, Elementary & Secondary Education Committee, State Government Committee, The Amistad Commission, Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Board, and co-chairperson of the Commission to End Disparities Facing the African American Community.

Davis has received several awards, including Teacher of the Year from the Gresham Elementary School, Teacher Who Makes a Difference from the Center for New Schools, and Excellent Legislator from Operation PUSH and the Department of Aging.

Davis is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., NAACP, and Operation PUSH. She is the mother of two, grandmother of four, and great-grandmother of seven.

Monique Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 7, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Monique Davis' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Monique Davis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Monique Davis describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Monique Davis reflects onher childhood experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Monique Davis talks about her parents' background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Monique Davis describes her grandparents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Monique Davis talks about the value of community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Monique Davis reflects upon the values she learned from her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Monique Davis talks about her childhood and her four sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Monique Davis recalls the racism she encountered throughout her education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Monique Davis talks about completing college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Monique Davis talks about her experience returning to school as a working mother of two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Monique Davis describes sacrificing for her children's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Monique Davis talks about starting her career as a teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Monique Davis remembers her experience as a teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Monique Davis discusses the value of teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Monique Davis talks about the institutional racism at Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Monique Davis discusses her hopes for business and school reform
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Monique Davis remembers her start in politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Monique Davis describes her political accomplishments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Monique Davis discusses racial profiling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Monique Davis talks about the independence of black legislators
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Monique Davis discusses the need for reparations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Monique Davis talks about representing her community with integrity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Monique Davis discusses her success in funding the Vivian Harsh Collection and the DuSable Museum
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Monique Davis discusses getting appropriations to help the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Monique Davis talks about the black legislators who came before her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Monique Davis reflects upon her legacy