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Profession

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MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Radio Station Owner

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Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1936
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
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Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Radio Station Owner

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Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
All Food
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All Seasons
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None
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None

Birthplace

Born:
5/21/1936
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Businessman and lawyer Ronald Davenport, Sr., was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 21, 1936. After earning his B.S. degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1958, Davenport went to law school; earning his LL.B. degree from Temple University in 1962, he went to Yale Law School for his LL.M. degree in 1963.

Davenport started his career as a professor of law at Duquesne University in 1963, where he remained for twenty years. When he took over as dean of the law school in 1970, Davenport became the first black man to be dean of a predominantly white school. In 1982, Davenport became a partner at Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation, and a fellow of the U.S. State Department, reviewing legal systems in South and East Asia. Davenport also served as a consultant to the Constitutional Convention Preparatory Committee of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention. Not content with simply the practice of law, in 1972, Davenport became chairman of Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation, a group he and his wife formed from the purchase of four radio stations. By 1976, Sheridan Broadcasting owned half of the Mutual Black Network, later completing the buyout. Sheridan Broadcasting was heard through more than three hundred radio affiliates across the country; he also served as the co-chairman of the American Urban Radio Networks.

Beyond his endeavors in the practice of law and broadcasting, Davenport gave his time to a wide variety of other organizations. Davenport served on the board of Colgate University; was chairman of the Visiting Committee of African American Studies at Harvard; and served on the board of Aramark. Davenport was awarded numerous honorary degrees; the Man of the Year Award from the Masons; and participated in several conferences with U.S. presidents.

Davenport and his wife, Judith Marylyn, raised three children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald Davenport talks about his parents' and his grandmother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald Davenport discusses the experience of living with his grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald Davenport describes his childhood personality and his neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald Davenport details his education in Philadephia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald Davenport talks about avoiding the negative influences in his neighborhood as a young boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald Davenport recalls his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald Davenport talks about the neighborhood survival skills he developed as a young boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ronald Davenport recounts his grandparents' influence and leadership in his community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ronald Davenport details his experiences living with his mother and stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ronald Davenport talks about his high school experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ronald Davenport discusses briefly his plans to go to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ron Davenport discusses his decision to attend Penn State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ron Davenport describes the small black population at Penn State in 1954
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ron Davenport recalls adjusting to the small black populace in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ron Davenport explains his decision to major in economics at Penn State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ron Davenport details his participation in student government at Penn State
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ron Davenport discusses his participation in the economics department at Penn State
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ron Davenport talks about the things that influenced him at Penn State
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ron Davenport talks about his decision to go to law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ron Davenport explains his decision to attend Temple University's law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ron Davenport recalls his experiences at Temple Law School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ron Davenport compares his undergraduate and graduate attitudes towards education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ron Davenport talks about his first jobs while in law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ron Davenport describes his experience as a law clerk in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ron Davenport talks about his career focus and his drive to become a leader
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ron Davenport describes his courtship and marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ron Davenport discusses his mentor and his acceptance to Yale Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ron Davenport details his coursework at Yale Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ron Davenport talks about his experiences at Norris, Green, Harris and Higginbotham law firm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ron Davenport recalls one of the law firm's biggest clients, Father Divine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ron Davenport discusses his mentor, Austin Norris
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ron Davenport discusses civil rights in the Philadelphia area
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ron Davenport describes becoming a professor at Duquesne University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ron Davenport recalls his teaching experiences at Duquesne University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Ron Davenport describes his civic involvement in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ron Davenport explains his adjustment to the community in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ron Davenport describes his civic activities in Pittsburgh while teaching at Duquesne University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ron Davenport talks about his work for the mayor's office in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ron Davenport describes his leadership roles with the Urban League and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ron Davenport recalls other aspects of his civil rights activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ron Davenport talks about becoming Dean of Duquesne University's law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ron Davenport explains his career transition from law to radio broadcasting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ron Davenport details the origins of his broadcasting company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ron Davenport talks about other radio broadcasters and his other business ventures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ron Davenport details his expanding radio business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ron Davenport recalls his feelings toward becoming a black business owner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ron Davenport details the development of the Sheridan Broadcasting Network
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ron Davenport discusses Sheridan Broadcasting and its affiliates
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ron Davenport talks about his success at Sheridan Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ron Davenport discusses his hopes for the future of Sheridan Broadcasting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ron Davenport discusses his successes and mistakes in the radio business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ron Davenport talks about his children's participation in the broadcasting business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ron Davenport considers decision-making opportunities for African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ron Davenport considers the future successes of the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ron Davenport shares his concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ron Davenport considers his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Ron Davenport considers how he would like to be remembered