Lenwood Davis, professor emeritus of history at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, died on May 18, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was 81 years old.
Dr. Davis grew up in Beaufort, North Carolina. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at North Carolina Central University in Durham. After serving in the United States Army he earned a Ph.D. at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Davis did postgraduate research at the University of Ghana in Africa and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Dr. Davis began his career as an instructor of history at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. After teaching at Portland State University in Oregon, in 1978, Dr. Davis joined the history department faculty at Winston-Salem State University. He retired from teaching in 2015.
Professor Davis authored or edited many books, most of which were biographies of individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Joe Louis, and Marcus Garvey. Other published works included a history of Winston-Salem State University (Arcadia, 2000) and African Americans in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County: A Pictorial History (Walsworth Publihing, 1999).