The Davis Lecture

The W. Allison Davis ’24 and John A Davis ’33 Lecture

The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture commemorates the remarkable work of the two distinguished scholars for which the Center is name. Brothers who, throughout their adult lives, made important contributions to equal rights and opportunity in the United States. Allison Davis, valedictorian of the Class of 1924, was a pioneer in the social anthropological study of class and caste in the American South. John A. Davis pursued wide-ranging political science work on race in both the United States and Africa. The Davis Lecture is delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States.

The 2017 Annual Davis Lecture: Social Justice is a Verb! Working the Margins to Advance an Equity Agenda

Dr. Monique W. Morris
Thursday, October 26 | 7:00pm
62′ Center

For nearly three decades, Monique Morris has worked across disciplines to advance an equity agenda that supports the nation’s capacity to provide “justice for all.” In this presentation, Dr. Morris will explore how advocates, scholars, policymakers and others apply intersectional frameworks–and other ancient and innovative practices–to strengthen our collective capacity to build an inclusive democracy.

Sponsored by the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Davis Center, the Lecture Committee, and the The Lecture Committee and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.


Monique W. Morris

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with nearly three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Dr. Morris is the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016), Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), and Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012). She worked with Kemba Smith on her book, Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story (IBJ Book Publishing, 2011) and has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and other publications on social justice issues and lectured widely on research, policies, and practices associated with improving juvenile justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for Black girls, women, and their families. ?

Dr. Morris is the Founder and President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, to expand the landscape of economic opportunity for formerly incarcerated women, and to increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities. She is also an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary’s College of California and has taught at the University of San Francisco and California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Morris is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, the former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. She has also worked in partnership with and served as a consultant for federal, state and county agencies, national academic and research institutions, and communities throughout the nation to develop comprehensive approaches and training curricula to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in the justice system. Her work in this area has informed the development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive continua of services for youth.

Dr. Morris’ work has been profiled by MSNBC, CSPAN2, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and PBS, among other national and local print, radio, and television media. Her research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies. Among other publications, Dr. Morris is the author of Representing the Educational Experiences of Black Girls in a Juvenile Court School (Journal of Applied Research on Children, 2014); Sacred Inquiry and Delinquent Black Girls: Developing a Foundation for a Liberative Pedagogical Praxis (In Understanding Work Experiences from Multiple Perspectives, edited by G.D. Sardana and Tojo Thatchenkery, 2014); Educating the Caged Bird: Black Girls and the Juvenile Court School (Poverty & Race, PRRAC, 2013) and Race, Gender and the School to Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Include Black Girls (African American Policy Forum, 2012). Her 2008 study, A Higher Hurdle: Barriers to Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Women (UC Berkeley School of Law), which is one of the first testing studies to examine the impact of a criminal record or period of incarceration on the employment outcomes of women, was referenced in a special report commissioned by Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL).

Dr. Morris is a core member of the OJJDP National Girls Initiative Expert Panel and a member of the California Board of State and Community Corrections’ Committee on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparity. She also served as a member of the California Department of Education’s Juvenile Court Student Transition Workgroup. 


Previous Davis Lecturers:

  • Sonia Sanchez

  • Donna Murch

  • Ted Shaw

  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad

  • Danielle Allen

  • Robin D.G. Kelley

  • Angela Riley

  • Richard Thompson Ford

  • Charles H. Long

  • Pedro Noguera

  • Dorothy Roberts

  • Patricia Williams

  • Johnetta Cole

  • Frank Wu

  • Richard Rodriguez

  • Manning Marable

  • Michael Dorris

  • Ishmael Reed

  • Charles Joyner

  • David Levering Lewis

  • Lloyd Richards

  • Margaret Wilkinson

  • Toni Cade Bambara

  • Joseph E. Harris

  • Cornel West