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Announcing the Reverend France A. Davis Papers and France Davis Utah Black Archive

October 4, 2022

Join us for the launch and celebration of the Reverend France A. Davis Papers and the France Davis Utah Black Archive. The Reverend France A. Davis papers consist of over 1,100 sermons delivered by Reverend Davis at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. The France Davis Utah Black Archive brings together oral histories, photographs, community records, personal documents and other content pertaining to Utah’s Black community, both present and past. Come share in the rich history and legacy of Black Americans in Utah.

Naming Celebration (Watch live online)

  • 11 A.M. in the Gould Auditorium, Level 1
    • Naming of the France Davis Utah Black Archive
      • Alberta Comer, Dean of Libraries
      • Dr. Martell Teasley, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
      • France Davis, Retired Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church
    • View France Davis papers
    • Story gathering with Sema Hadithi Foundation

Film playing upon entry “Utah’s African American Voices” Music playing upon entry: 2017 recording of Calvary Baptist Church Choir https://soundcloud.com/iamthomreed

Showcase of Black History, Art, Books, Music

  • 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. in ProtoSpace, Level 2
    • Celebrate African American art, history, music, & more Books by Wallace Thurman, France Davis, Tope Foralin, Karen A. Johnson, Rio Cortez, Dwayne Madry, Joy Pierce, Wilfred Samuels, David Oliver
    • Art by:
    • Special Collections from Alberta Henry, Ron Coleman, Curly Jones, Charles Nabors, U of U Black Faculty & Staff Association
    • Recorded music playlist: Public Enemy, Thelonious Monk, Carolina Chocolate Drops, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, Duke Ellington, Rhiannon Giddens, Silento, Our Native Daughters, Mavis Staples, Leyla McCalla, Jon Batiste, June Tyson & Sun Ra, Flo Rida

Feature Film “One Night in Miami” by Regina King

  • 3:30 P.M. in Room 1150

Please join us! Feel free to drop in at any time. We strongly recommend carpooling and using public transit. However, limited parking is available in the Stadium Lot.
Questions? Contact Heidi Brett

12 Comments
  • Cori Coleman Price
    Posted at 19:13h, 19 August Reply

    Please keep me posted

  • Anne Dolowitz
    Posted at 21:54h, 19 August Reply

    We are thrilled for you. You are so deserving of this.

    For so many years you counseled me when a problem arose that no one but you could be called on to help with your wisdom.

    You always walked me back to my car feeling unburdened and ready to move on with the day.

  • Joy Hartmann
    Posted at 13:46h, 20 August Reply

    Looking forward to this event.

  • Adrienne Andrews
    Posted at 17:21h, 20 August Reply

    Congratulations! A time to celebrate and motivate for what is next!

  • John Robertson
    Posted at 18:47h, 23 August Reply

    Fantastic!

  • Steven Bell
    Posted at 19:14h, 01 September Reply

    Great recognition for a long-time leader in the community. Congratulations.

  • Frances P. Battle
    Posted at 22:00h, 01 September Reply

    Congratulations to a trailblazer who continues to make a positive difference.

  • Natalie Moldover
    Posted at 18:54h, 22 September Reply

    Congratulations to Pastor Davis. This is a great honor for a great man.

  • Don MacAngus
    Posted at 22:13h, 22 September Reply

    Watching from afar, we here at the Asia Campus are pleased to see this for a very worthy man and colleague.

  • Ann Austin
    Posted at 16:24h, 24 September Reply

    France, congratulations to a national treasure! So well deserved!

  • Shelly Melville Andresen
    Posted at 14:48h, 26 September Reply

    Thank you for your example. Congratulations!

  • Eddy Thompson
    Posted at 19:33h, 26 September Reply

    Thank you for being a trailblazer in our community, Setting an example, and your Leadership !

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