Rev. France Davis describes his relationship with Dr. King, and his impact
Jan 17, 2022, 1:37 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Civil rights and religious leader Reverend France Davis joined Utah’s Morning News to discuss the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.
Rev. Davis is a pastor emeritus at the Salt Lake City Calvary Baptist Church, where he has worked and served since 1974.
The fight for voting rights continues
Rev. Davis told Utah Morning News host Tim Hughes he thinks Dr. King would be displeased with how racism persists today. Specifically, he noted racism in the attitudes of the public and of some elected officials, even though racist policies such as legal segregation have been overturned.
Rev. Davis marched for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery with Dr. King in 1965.
“For us, who were students, it was a time of excitement because we were making a positive difference for the citizens of Selma, Alabama, and of the country.”
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A new season, same fight
Hughes noted it seemed Rev. Davis though had formally retired from certain work, he continues to work diligently in activism.
Rev. Davis laughed and explained, his retirement marks a new season in his life, as opposed to an end to his life’s work.
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