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Allison Davis

Date of Birth:
October 14, 1902

Date of Death:
November 21, 1983

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William Boyd Allison Davis was an educator, anthropologist, writer, researcher, and scholar. He was considered one of the most promising black scholars of his generation, and became the first African-American to hold a full faculty position at a major white university when he joined the staff of the University of Chicago in 1942, where he would spend the balance of his academic life. Among his students during his tenure at the University of Chicago were anthropologist St. Claire Drake and sociologist Nathan Hare. Davis, who has been honored with a commemorative postage stamp by the United States Postal Service, is best remembered for his pioneering anthropology research on southern race and class during the 1930s, his research on intelligence quotient in the 1940’s and 50’s, and his support of “compensatory education” that contributed to the intellectual genesis of the federal program Head Start.

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