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Myrtle Davis

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Pharmacist
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Treat Others As You Would Want Them To Treat You.

Birthplace

Born:
10/9/1931
Birth Location:
Rock Hill, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Pharmacist
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Treat Others As You Would Want Them To Treat You.

Birthplace

Born:
10/9/1931
Birth Location:
Rock Hill
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Biography

Pharmacist and veteran city council member Myrtle Reid Davis was born on October 9, 1931 to Emmalee Reid, a teacher, and Carl Reid, a postal worker. Davis was raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she attended Emmett School Elementary and High School. After graduating from high school in 1949, Reid went on to attend Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she pursued her B.S. degree in pharmacy.

In 1953, Davis was hired at the Queens City Pharmacy in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1956, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she was hired by the Triangle Prescription Shop. That following year, she was married to activist and local physician, Dr. Albert M. Davis.

Throughout the 1960s, Davis served on the boards of numerous Atlanta based organizations including the League of Women Voters of Fulton County, where she served as president. She also served on the board of directors for the Gate City Day Nursery Association, and in 1970, she was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Atlanta Urban League. In 1979, Davis was hired by Leadership Atlanta where she worked as co-executive director for ten years.

In 1981, Davis ran for public office and was elected as a member of the Atlanta City Council. During her tenure on the Atlanta City Council, Davis served as chair of the Human Resources Committee, the Water and Pollution Committee and the Community Development Committee. Davis also served for five years as chair of the Finance Committee. Then, in 1994, after Maynard Jackson decided to leave his post as mayor, she became a candidate for mayor of the City of Atlanta. She later became the coordinator for the 1996 Atlanta Expo, and in 1998, Davis retired from city government as water utility manager for the City of Atlanta.

Davis’ other affiliations include the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, the National Board of Girl Scouts, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Task Force for the Homeless and the City of Atlanta’s Board of Ethics.

Davis lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her two daughters, Judge Stephanie C. Davis and Stacey Davis Stewart. Stephanie is a judge in the Magistrate Court of Fulton County, and Stacey is the senior vice president of Fannie Mae.

Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 28, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Myrtle Davis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Myrtle Davis describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Myrtle Davis describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Myrtle Davis describes her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Myrtle Davis talks about her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Myrtle Davis describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Myrtle Davis talks about her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Myrtle Davis describes her community in Rock Hill, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Myrtle Davis describes her community in Rock Hill, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Myrtle Davis describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Myrtle Davis remembers segregation in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Myrtle Davis recalls segregation in Rock Hill, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Myrtle Davis recalls her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Myrtle Davis talks about her college education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Myrtle Davis describes her mentors during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Myrtle Davis describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Myrtle Davis recalls her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Myrtle Davis describes her early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Myrtle Davis recalls her childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Myrtle Davis talks about her Catholic faith
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Myrtle Davis recalls her social life during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Myrtle Davis recalls her preparation for college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Myrtle Davis talks about her childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Myrtle Davis remembers the start of World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Myrtle Davis recalls the entertainment of her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Myrtle Davis remembers her arrival at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Myrtle Davis recalls her experiences at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Myrtle Davis remembers the leadership of Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Myrtle Davis describes her activities at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Myrtle Davis recalls her classes at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Myrtle Davis remembers her professors at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Myrtle Davis recalls her internship at LaBranche's Drug Store in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Myrtle Davis talks about Mardi Gras
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Myrtle Davis recalls her graduation from Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Myrtle Davis describes her first impressions of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Myrtle Davis recalls how she met her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Myrtle Davis remembers Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Myrtle Davis remembers the community on Auburn Avenue during the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Myrtle Davis describes her husband's civil rights activism in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Myrtle Davis talks about her children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Myrtle Davis recalls her mother's civil rights activism in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Myrtle Davis talks about the Civil Rights Movement in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Myrtle Davis describes segregation in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Myrtle Davis remembers the Peyton Wall in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Myrtle Davis describes the Collier Heights neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Myrtle Davis remembers the events of the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Myrtle Davis recalls joining the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Myrtle Davis recalls her experiences of discrimination in the medical field
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Myrtle Davis describes the integration of the medical industry in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Myrtle Davis describes her role at the Gate City Day Nursery Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Myrtle Davis talks about her work for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Myrtle Davis remembers her involvement with her daughters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Myrtle Davis describes her role in the Leadership Atlanta program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Myrtle Davis remembers her older daughter's car accident and rehabilitation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Myrtle Davis recalls her younger daughter's college application process
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Myrtle Davis remembers her campaign for Atlanta City Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Myrtle Davis reflects upon her time on the Atlanta City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Myrtle Davis recalls her campaign for the mayoralty of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Myrtle Davis reflects upon the mayoral leadership of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Myrtle Davis remembers the support for her mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Myrtle Davis recalls her role at the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Myrtle Davis talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Myrtle Davis describes her civic involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Myrtle Davis reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Myrtle Davis describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Myrtle Davis shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Myrtle Davis reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Myrtle Davis narrates her photographs