Overcoming: The Autobiography of W. Harry Davis

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W. Harry Davis has been a leading voice for civil rights in his native Minneapolis for more than four decades. Rising from the impoverished North Side ghetto of his childhood, he became the founding chief executive of the Minneapolis Urban Coalition, a twenty-year member of the citys school board, and one of the first black executives at a major Twin Cities corporation. Along the way he overcame polio, became the regions most successful amateur boxing coach, led a historic church merger, founded a bank, ...

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W. Harry Davis has been a leading voice for civil rights in his native Minneapolis for more than four decades. Rising from the impoverished North Side ghetto of his childhood, he became the founding chief executive of the Minneapolis Urban Coalition, a twenty-year member of the citys school board, and one of the first black executives at a major Twin Cities corporation. Along the way he overcame polio, became the regions most successful amateur boxing coach, led a historic church merger, founded a bank, served on the U.S. Olympic boxing committee, and campaigned as the citys first black mayoral candidate.

Daviss story serves as a reminder that the civil-rights movement was not confined to places like Selma and Birmingham, but also transformed lives for the better in Minneapolis and around the country. Told with Daviss characteristic generosity of spirit, it will also inspire hope in anyone who has ever wondered whether lifes obstacles can be overcome.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890434526
  • Publisher: Afton Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword 9
Introduction 13
I Growing
1. Founding 19
2. The Davis Family 27
3. Little Pops 34
4. Hellhole 42
5. Phyllis Wheatley 51
6. Boxer 63
II Maturing
7. Charlotte 83
8. Laboring 91
9. Coaching 103
10. Nurturing 116
11. Border 127
III Crusading
12. Stirring 149
13. Mobilizing 167
14. Urban Coalition 181
15. School Board 196
16. Candidate 208
IV Fulfilling
17. Executive 235
18. Integrating 246
19. Olympian 262
20. Harvesting 276
21. Reflecting 290
Appendix 304
Index 306
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