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Black History Month

History-makers of Southeast Louisiana

A. L. Davis

Photo from Orleans Parish School Board Collection, University of New Orleans, Louisiana Digital Library

A.L. Davis (1914 - 1978)


The Rev. Abraham Lincoln “A. L.” Davis,  was a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In the early days of SCLC, Davis served as vice president of the leadership conference when Dr. King was president. Davis organized sit‐ins and other nonviolent protests. During the 1960s, when SCLC was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in the South, Davis was pastor of the New Zion Baptist Church in New Orleans, a post he held until his death.

In 1961 Mayor de Lesseps S. Morrison of New Orleans appointed Mr. Davis as the city's first director of race relations. He was later named to Louisiana's first Commission on Race Relations, Rights, and Responsibilities. He was the Chairman of several city agencies and political groups. Davis was also the first black member of the New Orleans City Council.


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