April 5, 2020

Black History Month

The Rev. France A. Davis will discuss Black History Month at the College of Eastern Utah at noon Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center.

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The Rev. France A. Davis will discuss Black History Month at the College of Eastern Utah at noon Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center.
Davis, who resides in Salt Lake City, was born and reared on a Gough, Ga., farm to John H. and Julia Davis. After high school, he attended Tuskegee Institute and later became an Air Force jet mechanic. He later earned degrees in African-American studies from Merritt College; arts and humanities from Laney College; rhetoric from University of California at Berkeley; religion and philosophy from Westminster College; Masters of mass communication from the University of Utah; and master of ministry from Northwest Nazarene College.
He came to Salt Lake City in 1972 as a teaching fellow and graduate student. He was appointed instructor in communication and ethnic studies courses, earning a distinguished teacher award, and continues to teach in the University of Utah’s honors and ethnic studies program as an adjunct associate professor.
He was licensed in 1966 and ordained in 1971 for ministry. Presently, the Rev. Davis is, and has been since 1974, the full-time pastor of the historic Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, Utah.
He lectures widely on cultural and religious topics. He also serves on community and national boards including the Salt Lake Housing Authority, Career Service Council and the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He has received numerous awards including an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Utah in 1993, Salt Lake Community College in 1997, Dixie State College in 2002, the T. K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2006, an official citation from the Utah House of Representatives in recognition of outstanding service to his community, state and nation in 2006 and appointed as a member to the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Huntsman in 2007. The Rev. Davis published (October, 2006) his second book, ” France Davis: An American Story Told.”
Pastor Davis is a member of The Utah Board of Regents.

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