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Marian Davis interview, 2020-12-27

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2020_002.wav

Content Description

From the Collection:

Oral history interviews recorded by students in the Real World History class at Center for Inspired Teaching.


  • Creation: 2020-12-27


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Ms. Marian Davis was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 18, 1943 to John Clarence Davis and Iretha Davis. She grew up in the Fairview Homes and attended Fairview Elementary School along with her four younger siblings. Ms. Davis went on to attend Northwest Junior High and graduated from West Charlotte Senior High School. Following her aspirations of being an executive secretary, after high school Ms. Davis attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte for two years. She then proceeded to Durham Business College, where she took the civil service entrance exam at age 23. After passing the test, she was presented with the opportunity to work in the Department of Agriculture and moved to Washington, D.C., in 1965. At age 24, she began her career as a GS-3 “colored” typist. While working at the Department of Agriculture, Ms. Davis continued her education by studying criminology and law enforcement at the University of Maryland. She received her degree in 1986, and this allowed her to progress in her career and become a congressional specialist within the Department of Agriculture. Ms. Davis later went on to join the Equal Employment Commission and completed her career as a GS-13 Executive Secretary. She retired in 1999, at age 56, completing 34 years of government service. Today Ms. Davis is enjoying her retirement, aiding others, and keeping in touch with loved ones."


From the Collection: 27.1 Gigabytes (DIG_0029)

From the Collection: 228 Files (DIG_0029)


In this oral history interview, Marian Davis, a long time D.C. resident, discusses her life and experiences moving from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C., in 1965. Ms. Davis talks about her upbringing and education in Charlotte as well as her experience with the college process. She also discusses her experiences with segregation in North Carolina. Ms. Davis then talks about her career in the federal government, first at the Department of Agriculture and later with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She closes the interview by discussing her family back in Charlotte, her current living situation in Washington, and differences between D.C. and North Carolina. This oral history interview was conducted by a D.C. high school student as part of a class assignment on the Great Migration in Real World History.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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