About Mrs. Lillian Davis

Mrs. Lillian Marie Davis (1939-2005) was a community activist and promoter of education. She graduated from Lincoln High School, in Evansville, Indiana and attended IUPUI. She retired from the Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department in 2002. her husband Oliver Davis Sr. raise eight children on the near westside of Indianapolis on Riverside Drive.  All their children attend Indianapolis Public Schools from Kindergarten to Eighth grade.

Prior to her passing she was very active in the community.  She was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Leah Chapter Eastern Star No.2, O.E.S., Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Usher Board, IPS School Board Member & President, President of the Riverside Civic League, United Northwest Association (UNWA) Board Member, Veolia Water Company-Indianapolis Group Advisory Board Member, and Marion County Sheriff’s Department Board Member.

Additional Information Accomplishments and Affliations:

  • 1981: Federick Douglas Freedom Award, from the Indiana Black Republican Council
  • 1986: Distinguished Award-CLD
  • 1979: Recognition for Outstanding Service, President of The Board Award
  • 1980: School Board Commissioners IPS Award
  • 2003: City of Indianapolis for Outstanding Contribution and Service to the citizens of the city of Indianapolis-Mayors Community Service Award
  • 1985: Presentation of Gavel Award
  • 1982-1990: Outstanding Community Service Commissioner-Indianapolis School Board-President Award (received 4 times throughout these years)
  • 2006 Posthumous award – Crime Fighter of the Year Award Indy Park Rangers

Fraternal Organization

  • Order of The Eastern Stars, Leah Chapter NO.2, Prince Hall Affiliate, Jurisdiction of Indiana; Worthy Matron

Labor Organization Affiliation

  • 1971-1974: AFSCME, Parks Local 1887
  • 1971-1972: AFSCME, Parks Local 1887, Secretary
  • 1972-1974: AFSCME, Parks Local 1887, Treasurer
  • 1986-1990: Recreation Administrative Assistant
  • 1980-1984: Concession Coordinator
  • 1976-1980: Amateur Sports Coordinator
  • 1972-1974: Recreation Leader
  • 1970-1972: District #1 Clerk

Past Organization

  • Indianapolis Children’s Museum Board Of Directors
  • Indianapolis Museum Of Art Board Of Directors
  • Boy Scouts Of America, Den Mother, Weblo Leader
  • Girl Scouts Of America, Brownie Leader, and District Cookie Chairman
  • Atkins Boys and Girls Club, Member Of The Parents Advisory Board
  • Tabernacle Youth Organization, Girls Softball Coach
  • Bertha Ross Jr. Baseball League, League Director
  • Urban Union Member
  • Riverside Family Center, Secretary and Advisory Board
  • IPS School #44, President PTA
  • Golden Hill Junior Baseball Program, Director
  • Riverside Community Center, Game Room Volunteer
  • Riverside Community Center’s Mothers Club
  • 1995-2000: P.R. Chair, Youth Fair Chance
  • 1995-1999: Bush Stadium Reuse Committee Member
  • 1990-2005: Riverside Civic League, INC. President
  • 1997-2005: YFC, INC. of Board of Directors, Member
  • 1992-2005: United Northwest Area CDC, INC., Member
  • 1976-2005: United Northwest Delegate Council, Member
  • 1994-2005: Riverside Family Center, Advisory Council, Member
  • 1996-2005: West Indianapolis, Advisory Council Member
  • 1997-2005: Watkins Family Center, Advisory Council, Member
  • 1976-2005: NAACP, Member
  • 1957-2005: Lincoln, Douglas, Clark Alumni Association, Member
  • 1997-2005: Bridges To Success/School #44 Site Team Chairperson
  • 1997-2005: Weed & Seed, INC. Steering Committee Member
  • 1994-2005: IPD West District Task Force

Public Elected Offices

  • 1976-1990: Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioner’s Positions
  • 1978-1980: President of Indianapolis Public Schools
  • 1986-1987: President of Indianapolis Public Schools
  • 1988-1989: Indianapolis Public Schools Secretary
  • 1989-1990: President of Indianapolis Public Schools

Religion Affiliation

  • 1965-2005: Ebenezer Baptist Church Member, Board Trustee Treasurer, Senior Usher Board


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