Milton C. Davis

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Milton Carver Davis is an African American lawyer who researched and advocated for the pardon of Clarence Norris, the last surviving Scottsboro Boy.

Davis graduated from Tuskegee University in 1971 and received his law degree in 1974 from the University of Iowa College of Law. He was an American Political Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellow and a Herbert Lehman Foundation International Scholar.[1]

He gained international acclaim when as the Assistant Attorney General for Alabama he partnered with Donald Watkins to research and advocate for a full pardon of Clarence Norris, the last known surviving Scottsboro Boy on the basis on innocence. Governor George Wallace granted the parole in 1976 as the first time in the state’s history that a pardon had been granted based upon innocence.[1]

Davis was the 29th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate organization established for blacks. Davis created the fraternity's World Policy Council in 1996 as a think tank to expand the organization's involvement in politics and social and current policy to encompass important global and world issues. The World Policy Council has published white papers on the Politics of Nigeria, War on Terrorism, Hurricane Katrina, Millennium Challenge Account, and Extraordinary Rendition.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Milton C. Davis, Attorney at Law, Tuskegee, Alabama". Tuskegee University. April 8, 2004. Retrieved January 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (2005). Alpha Phi Alpha Men: "A Century of Leadership" (Video). Rubicon Productions. 
  3. ^ Dawson, Horace; Edward Brooke; Henry Ponder; Vinton R. Anderson; Bobby William Austin; Ron Dellums; Kenton Keith; Huel D. Perkins; Charles Rangel; Clathan McClain Ross; Cornel West (July 2006). "The Centenary Report Of The Alpha Phi Alpha World Policy Council" (PDF). Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
Preceded by
Henry Ponder
General President of Alpha Phi Alpha
Succeeded by
Adrian L. Wallace