Rev. Davis received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1992, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and her Master of Divinity in 1999, graduating with Distinction, from the prestigious Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. Rev. Davis is a daughter “in ministry” of the Rev. Dr. Allen Paul Weaver, Jr., Pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church, New Rochelle, New York where Rev. Davis served as the Minister of Evangelism for three years before coming to Rochester to attend seminary. Rev. Davis is an ordained minister under the Progressive National Baptist Convention and is presently serving as Supporting Clergy at Community of the Savior in Rochester, New York.
As Not For Sale, an organization established to combat human trafficking, shares, “Everyone can do something whether it takes a minute or a lifetime.” I am “doing something” by
- co-facilitating The Movement for Anti-racist Ministry and Action;
- formerly co-facilitating (resigned this year) FR=EE’s Race and Education Action and Change Group which held a Candidates Forum (Board of Education), a forum to Make the School to Prison Pipeline Visible, led FR=EE Summit Workshops to educate the community on racism in education and held, with partnering organizations, a press conference at Community of the Savior calling for racist art on the Dentzel Carousel to be taken down and leading protests establishing the Take It Down Campaign (this work with partnering organizations continues under a new entity, “Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism”)
- participating in Take It Down! Organizing Against Racism (Traveling Exhibit) as a member of a panel discussion and its campaign to call for more race and class-conscious teachers of color in the RCSD;
- serving as a member of the Mission and Social Justice Committee at Community of the Savior (CoS) where, as Supporting Clergy, I also preach and teach on the biblical basis for the church’s engagement in social issues and promotion of racial reconciliation;
- hosting a television show entitled, “Crossroads” where I uplift a social issue, highlight an agency addressing that issue and share what you can do to help (currently on hiatus); and
- launching this website to make my shows more accessible (check out an episode by clicking a link under “Clips”) and to provide links to helpful websites.
And, I am “becoming something”, anti-racist. Addressing our being is as important as engaging in doing. We have all been mis-educated by oppression in that we have been educated to miss how institutional racism has impacted us personally and communally, particularly how we view ourselves and how we view the other.
As such I have either facilitated, co-facilitated or received training in studies of the works of Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Dr. James Cone, author of The Cross and The Lynching Tree and Black Theology, Dr. Howard Thurman, author of Jesus and the Disinherited and The Luminous Darkness, Dr. Robin D’Angelo, author of White Fragility, Tim Wise, author of Speaking Treason Fluently, Jacqueline Battalora, author of Birth of a White Nation, and Theodore W. Allen, author of The Invention of the White Race. We all need to understand the devastating and demoralizing impact psychically and spiritually of the lie of presumed white superiority and black inferiority if we are to see our way clear to healing and reconciliation.