Frank Marshall DAVIS

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Journalist, Poet

AmericanBorn Frank Marshall DAVIS

American journalist, poet

Born on December 31, 1905 in Arkansas City, Kansas, USA , United States

Died on July 26, 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Beginning at age 17, Davis attended Friends University (1923) and later Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University (1924–1927, 1929), but didn't graduate. When Davis entered Kansas State, there were 25 other African-American students enrolled there. He studied industrial journalism. He began to write poems as the result of a class assignment and was encouraged to continue writing poetry by an English literature instructor. Frank pledged Phi Beta Sigma fraternity in 1925.

In 1927, Davis moved to Chicago, where he worked variously for the Chicago Evening Bulletin, the Chicago Whip and the Gary American, all African-American newspapers. He also wrote free-lance articles and short stories for African-American magazines. It was also during this time that Davis began a serious effort to write poetry, including his first long poem, entitled Chicago’s Congo, Sonata for an Orchestra.


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