African American Education Trailblazers To Be Honored Friday


Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 10:58 pm
By: News 9


She helped bust down racial barriers in education, and helped pave the way for others. 

Nancy Randolph Davis was the first African American to enroll at Oklahoma State University in 1949. 

Back then, it was known as Oklahoma A&M.

This Friday, Davis and nine other past African American education trailblazers will be inducted into the 2015 Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame.  

Davis would go on to teach home economics for 43 years at the old Dunjee School in Spencer, and at Start Spencer High School, after desegregation. 

Nancy Lynn Davis, a former News 9 reporter, is Nancy Randolph Davis's daughter. Nancy Randolph Davis died earlier this year.

“I think she’s still up in God’s Heaven, just saying I can’t believe even after I’m gone on this side that I’m still receiving honors,” Davis's daughter said.  

The other nine inductees Friday night will be Mayles Gaines Jr., Dr. Earnest Holloway Sr., Marilyn Ballard Jackson, James Roy Johnson, Clara Mae Shepard Luper, Dr. Gloria Joan Pollard, Dr. Jimmy Seales, Sr., Dr. Virginia Shoats, and Dr. Valree Fletcher Wynn. 

The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.