Lansing Community College

LCC instructor has a passion for African history

By Marilyn Twine

Dr. Willie Davis at the Malcolm X Symposium at LCC (2018). Photo by Kevin W. Fowler

LANSING, Mich. – Dr. Willie Davis has been an adjunct instructor at Lansing Community College since 1981.

He is passionate about all things Africa and is often seen wearing the mud cloth of Ghana. Davis teaches Black history at LCC and is very active in bringing the African continent to life for so many.

Davis is a member of LCC’s Black History Awareness Committee which celebrates Black history throughout the year. He has hosted one of the college’s signature events, the Malcolm X Symposium since 2016. He has been instrumental in other Black history events at the college including an annual health fair and the Black Business Expo.

A world traveler for many years Davis has collected enough artifacts to open a museum. The All Around the African World Museum is the only one of its kind in Lansing.

“The Museum was originally part of the El-Hajj Malik el Shabazz Academy but their development of an awesome set of murals to illustrate the Academy and African and African Diaspora art meant a move for us,” Davis said. “We officially opened as a museum and community site at 1134 and 1136 Shepard Street 21 years ago.”

Davis’s passion and knowledge of African history are widely known and respected. LCC Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Tonya Bailey believes Davis has done much to promote the rich culture of African Americans. “It’s in his daily routine,” Bailey said. “He has done so much to enhance lives in Lansing, the state, the nation, and even internationally. He is an incredible thought leader that has positively impacted the LCC educational community. He is an equity bridge builder and his belief in equality has allowed many young people to cross that bridge. LCC continues to shine because of individuals like Dr. Davis, a professor, mentor, elder, and change agent.”

Dr. Willie Davis IS Black history.


About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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