Daly City Public Library Associates
Belva Davis Book Signing
Over 80 people enjoyed listening to author Belva Davis at Peninsula del Rey on Saturday November 17th. Pictured with Ms. Davis are Susan Brissenden-Smith and Tess Lagandaon of the DCPLA.
Award-winning journalist Belva Davis is petite in size -- 5 feet, 1 inch -- but she left behind a legacy of achievements during her nearly 50-year broadcast career when she retired Nov. 9 after hosting KQED's "This Week in California" for the past 19 years.
Giving her first public speech since the election was over, Davis was the guest speaker on Nov. 17 at an event co-sponsored by the Daly City Public Library Associates and Peninsula del Rey, a Senior Resource Group luxury retirement community, also in Daly City. She was there to promote her fascinating new book, "Never in My Wildest Dream, A Black Woman's Life in Journalism."
More than 80 people, including Al Teglia, president of the Daly City Public Library Associates, and Theresa Myzwinski, Peninsula del Rey sales and marketing representative, gave her a warm welcome.
"Now that Davis is retired, she is going to spend time with her granddaughter, which is a special time, and she wants to spend have coffee and a leisurely breakfast with her husband of 50 years, Bill Moore, a former photojournalist," Teglia said.
Born in Monroe, La., in 1932, Davis and her family eventually moved to the housing projects in Oakland in the early 1940s. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1951. "I only wanted to have the courage to pursue my goals," Davis said.
Davis' book includes her journey from becoming the first African-American television journalist on the West Coast to interviewing notables, such as Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy to winning eight local Emmys.
In her career, Davis traveled the world to report on important global concerns, and also covered dangerous and controversial events. Those events included: the Berkeley Free Speech Movement; birth of the Black Panthers; the Peoples Temple cult that led to mass suicides in Jamestown, Guyana; Patty Hearst kidnapping; San Francisco Mayor George Moscone's and Supervisor Harvey Milk's assassinations; AIDS epidemic; and the Osama bin Laden terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania.
"The good things that happened to me over the years were due to friends," Davis said. "A friend told me that 'friendship keeps you alive, friendship keeps you awake, and friendship keeps you trying your best.' The friends I met over the years are my friends today.
"I've been 50 years in the business learning to get along and to do the job," Davis said.
Thank you to Carolyn Livengood, weekly columnist at www.mercurynews.com/carolyn-livengood