African American Studies


Ronald Davis, a long time Bronx activist, grew up in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. He lived on Washington St. then moved to Jefferson Pl. and finally Shakespeare Ave during the 1970's. He participated in the Harlem Riots in 1964. Ronald Davis was kicked out of two public high schools and spent four and a half years in prison due to gang involvement and "jitterbugging." After time in jail Mr. Davis received a bachelor of arts from Adelphi University and a master of arts from Columbia University. Also, he was a part of many African American political organizations during the 1960's and 1970's, such as the Black Panthers (community worker), and the United Black Front (chair). Ronald Davis met his wife, Sarah Davis, on Walton Avenue in the Bronx. Due to economic, social and demographic tensions in the Bronx, Mr. and Mrs. Davis moved upstate. His socialist political leanings influenced his perspective on race, politics, and culture in the Bronx.

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