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WORLD HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE.  MAY 2005. P. 181
Michael DeMond Davis: He was a giant and fun too!                                                    By Maximillien de Lafayette, Syndicated Columnist

 

Photo: Services in Loving Memory of Michael DeMond Davis.

Mike Davisí family and friends joined Morehouse College  alumni and the District of Columbia city council  members at the author's funeral Friday, November 20, 2003, remembering Davis  poignant journalistic  skills and his commitment to writing about African American history. At the extreme right is his daughter, Michelle Davis, CEO and President of Global Latitudes.

 

Mike Davis was larger than life. He was a giant! A giant in thoughts, in authorship, in journalism, in social justice...His mind was brighter than the sun. And his warm heart was bigger than all the biggest visions, dreams, splashes of hope and all the rainbows glowing and fading over our world and bleeding wishes. He was an author, a writer, a sweet-pulverizing-civilized activist, a fabulous ranconteur/story teller, solid, well-established in the society...and yes, he was an incorrigible mesmerizing adventurer too.  He knew about life. He lived life to its fullest. And yes sir, he wrote about life, people, our ups and downs...Mike Davis  wrote a lot about you and me, about fairness and justice and our rights...He had a dangerously teasing and eloquently crafted writing style. He was an award winning journalist, and authored numerous books. Among his bestsellers is the book he co-authored the "Thurgood Marshall Biography".

 

 

 

Photo: Cover of the bestselling book "Thurgood Marshall Biography", co-authored by Mike Davis.

 

Everybody knew Mike Davis. Everybody who was  somebody and anybody who was just somebody. Because Mike Davis did not care about titles and vain power. He believed in securing, defending and protecting  human and civil rights. And everybody  was welcomed to his table. As a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), he worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was a leader of the student sit-in movement.  He was arrested many times in Atlanta's bus stations and department stores. Ralph McGill, publisher of the Atlanta Constitution hired Davis as the paper's first African American reporter.  Ralph McGill became his mentor and his friend. Davis went on to Vietnam as the Afro-American Newspapers war correspondent. During the 18 months in Vietnam, he reported on combat activities of black service people in the Afro's 13-state circulation area.  When he returned home he joined the Baltimore Evening Sun Papers.  He was a staff member of the San Diego Union, where he covered Governor Jerry Brown, the now-defunct Washington Star, and was an editor of NBC television news in Washington, D.C. His work has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and he received several Front Page Awards from the American Newspaper Guild.  The NAACP gave him an award for his coverage of Vietnam.  Davis authored Black American Women in Olympic Track and Field. Michael DeMond Davis died November 13, 2003. To learn more about the  Davis' abundant contributions to society, visit http://www.johnpdaviscollection.org/  and http://www.globallatitudes.org/index.html 

 

He will be missed. Of course,  he will be missed, for we always miss the best and cherish the memory of those who brought joy to our lives, hope to our shattered dreams, comfort to our saddened souls and strength to our weaknesses in the mid of the night. Mike Davis did all that when he was alive. And his memory will never fade away... some people die, others never die, they just  pass away to be remembered...Mike Davis, the gentle giant just passed away... I wish I was near his daughter Michelle, so I could hold her hands and whisper in her ears: "Your daddy did not die. He is still here, he is still everywhere, because he was bigger than life...and who dares to say that life ends when the flame of noble souls like your father still glitters, shines and bursts on the roads of humans and gods..."

 

 

 

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