Last week, longtime Insurors of Tennessee member, Civil Rights activist, former Insurors of Tennessee Insuror of the Year and the first African-American member of the Big “I" national association, Fred Davis, passed away at age 86. Davis was the founder of Fred L. Davis Insurance in Memphis, one of the Mid-South's first black-owned insurance agencies.
A former Memphis City Council member, he helped design city districts, fought for civil rights for decades and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in
support of the Memphis sanitation workers in 1968.
Davis was named as the Insurors of Tennessee Insuror of the Year in 2009, and was one of the first African-American members to frequently participate in the Big "I" Legislative Conference.
In 2019, Independent Agent magazine featured Davis in a Declaration of Independents profile, in which he tells his story of fighting against racism to become a successful independent agent, as well as his industry leadership role.
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