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Document Details


Title: William Penn Davis
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Civil Rights Documentation Project
Description: Interview conducted on March 24, 1972 with Dr. William Penn Davis at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Davis was born in Union County, Mississippi on August 5, 1903. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College in 1929 and a Master of Theology degree in 1938 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Davis was ordained to the ministry in 1923 and began serving various churches throughout the South and Maryland. In 1957, Davis became president of the Mississippi Baptist Seminary and served until his retirement in 1971. He is also a former president of both the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Baptist Seminary. He has also served as secretary and director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board's department of work with National (Negro) Baptists.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/ohdaviswp.html
Restrictions: The transcript is presented here for reference purposes only. Interviews in this collection are protected by copyright. PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED from the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1972 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Davis, William Penn, 1903-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 5-Aug-1903
Speaker place of birth: Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Social activist
Age at speaking: 69
Document date: 24-Mar-1972
Interviewer: Gower
Organizations discussed: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; White Citizens Council
Historical events discussed: Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights movements--United States; Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; Mississippi; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; North America; Oral history; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-; United States; White Citizens Council
Topics discussed - Other terms: Activism
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023558-25070