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Chicago Black Renaissance Author Frank Marshall Davis Was a Member of Phi Beta Sigma

Were you aware that Chicago Black Renaissance author Frank Marshall Davis is a Sigma? Davis pledged Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in 1925.

Frank Marshall Davis was an American journalist, poet, political and labor movement activist, and businessman. In addition to composing for African American periodicals in Chicago, Davis functioned as a news reporter. In Atlanta, he created the Atlanta Daily World, a daily paper. Later, he returned to Chicago, where he wrote about a variety of subjects, from sports to music.

In the WPA program, Roosevelt’s New Deal provided funds for his poetry. Poet and publisher Dudley Randall is said to have been influenced by Davis.

In 1945, Davis taught one of the first jazz history courses in the United States, at the Abraham Lincoln School in Chicago

In 1948, Davis moved to Hawaii where he distanced himself off from Chicago and its writers and, “virtually disappeared from literary history until interest in his work was revived in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, which hailed him as a pioneer of black poetry and established him as a pioneer of black poetry,” states.

According to his 1925 membership card, which he always carried in his wallet , is housed at the Kansas State University Hale Library and is signed by Founder A.L. Taylor. 

Davis died in 1987 at the age of 81.

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