San Francisco Stories: Belva Davis—A Pioneer in Journalism

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:30 pm

Cubberley Auditorium Map

Sponsored by:
Continuing Studies

In 1963, Belva Davis became the first African American woman in television journalism on the West Coast. She was already established as a reporter in print and radio, and her career in Bay Area journalism went on to span five decades. She covered stories as varied as the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the Black Panther Party, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the mass suicide at Jonestown, and more. In this talk, Davis will discuss major events that shaped the Bay Area and reflect on what these events reveal about broader histories of injustice—as well as the kinds of activism that responded to those injustices. Davis will also place herself in the story by reflecting on her own life and career from growing up in Oakland and Berkeley to the challenges and triumphs of a trailblazing journalist.

Note: some of the content that Ms. Davis will present and discuss may contain violence.

Belva Davis, Journalist

Belva Davis has received eight Emmy Awards and recognition from a wide range of journalism organizations, as well as being profiled at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Her news coverage was wide-ranging, including interviews with figures as varied as Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, Nancy Reagan, Muhammad Ali, and Frank Sinatra. Maya Angelou commented that without Belva Davis, “no people can say they understand the times in which they lived.”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cubberley Auditorium Map

Free and open to the public


Arts Lecture / Reading 

General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
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