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Leona Barr-Davenport

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Breakfast Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
To Soar To The Height Of Eagles Is To Find A Place Where Few Go And Only The Very Best Can Reach. Therefore, You Should Reach For The Sky.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1957
Birth Location:
Hemingway, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Breakfast Foods
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
To Soar To The Height Of Eagles Is To Find A Place Where Few Go And Only The Very Best Can Reach. Therefore, You Should Reach For The Sky.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1957
Birth Location:
Hemingway
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Biography

Corporate chief executive Leona Barr Davenport was born November 30, 1957 in Hemingway, South Carolina. Her parents, Mary Leona Barr and Luther Rufus Barr, were sharecroppers. They had ten children. After graduating from high school in Johnsonville, South Carolina, Davenport went on to earn her B.S. degree in business administration and economics from Benedict College in 1979, winning the honor of being one of Ebony magazine’s “Campus Queens of 1978-1979.” In 1999, Davenport received the first Dean’s Community Improvement Scholarship from Clark Atlanta University. She earned her M.B.A. degree with a concentration in marketing from Clark Atlanta in 2001.

After college, Davenport dove straight into the world of business, accepting a position as an accounting supervisor at Gencom, Inc. In 1984, she left Gencom and became a senior auditor at Broniec Associates, where she stayed until 1988. Davenport then became an assistant at the Atlanta Business League, an organization originally affiliated with Booker T. Washington that serves as an advocate for businesses owned by African Americans in the Atlanta area. Davenport worked her way to the top of the ABL, becoming president in 1998. She has held the position ever since. In 2009, Davenport accepted a Legacy Award from Spelman College on behalf of the Atlanta Business League.

Davenport has been active in community service throughout her career, starting with her decade-long affiliation with the Southwest Atlanta Youth Business Organization, or SWAYBO, which is sponsored by the Atlanta Business League. Davenport is also a member of Crossroads Community Ministries, which helps the homeless of Atlanta, and the Economic Development Corporation of Fulton County. In 2000, Davenport was honored for her community service by the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta during their Salute to Black Mothers Banquet.

Davenport lives in Sharpsburg, Georgia with her husband Jewel L. Davenport.

Leona Barr Davenport was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 12, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Leona Barr-Davenport's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Leona Barr-Davenport lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her father's tenure in the U.S. Army Air Forces
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Leona Barr-Davenport remembers her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Leona Barr-Davenport remembers her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes how she takes after her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her father's personality and her likeness to him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her mother's position as a cook
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes the sights of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about her parents' experiences as sharecroppers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes the sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls the crops on her family's farm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her friendship with her cousins
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes the process of cultivating tobacco
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her home in Johnsonville, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about her birth in Hemingway, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Leona Barr-Davenport lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her parents' emphasis on education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her experiences of school desegregation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her early influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her role as co-president of her senior class
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Leona Barr-Davenport remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls the role of religion in her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls the role of religion in her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Leona Barr-Davenport remembers Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her extracurricular activities at Benedict College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her election as Miss Benedict at Benedict College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Leona Barr-Davenport remembers being featured in Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls the color bias at Benedict College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her decision to major in economics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her influences at Benedict College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her prospects after college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about sharecropping
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls the start of her career in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Leona Barr-Davenport remembers joining Broniec Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her tenure at Broniec Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about the discrimination at Broniec Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls joining the Atlanta Business League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her positions at the Atlanta Business League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about the history of the Atlanta Business League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls her challenges as president of the Atlanta Business League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about her achievements at the Atlanta Business League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Leona Barr-Davenport reflects upon her accomplishments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about her husband
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Leona Barr-Davenport recalls earning a master's degree from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Leona Barr-Davenport shares her plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about the leadership programs in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Leona Barr-Davenport reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Leona Barr-Davenport reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Leona Barr-Davenport shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Leona Barr-Davenport talks about the multigenerational effects of discrimination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Leona Barr-Davenport describes her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Leon Barr-Davenport talks about her involvement in the church
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Leon Barr-Davenport recalls her affirmative action advocacy