Interview with Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis

10/21/13 Robert Lorei
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Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis

photo by Robert Lorei

Rob Lorei talks with women's and civil rights champion Helen Gordon Davis. In 1974 Davis was the first woman elected from Hillsborough County to the state legislature. Davis was a champion of women's issues and fought hard on behalf of ethnic minorities. She served six terms in the Florida House of Representatives. In 1988 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In this interview she talks about being the first white woman to join the local NAACP, a cross burning on her lawn, the good old boy network in Tallahassee, growing up in NYC during the Depression and the story of her marriage.

Blannie Whelan, a WMNF volunteer, was the executive producer of our interview with Helen Gordon Davis. Listen to the full show above.

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Excellent interview - one of your best. She has had a fascinating life and you got her to share it with us. Bravo!

Helen was an important part of Tampa' s theatre family in the 60's, performing in several USF theatre productions and roles in other area casts. She always had time for the students involved. Perhaps the high point of her work at USF was playing the mother's role in "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's hung you in the closet and I'm feeling so bad". Sincerely, Bob Wolff, formerly of the USD faculty.