Born in South Memphis in 1934.
He began working in the cotton fields in the third grade, then, later, worked at the Peabody Hotel. As well as working his way through school at Tennessee State in Nashville.
He was the University of Memphis’ first black MBA.
Enlisted in the army and served in France for two years.
A staunch civil rights activist and defender of Democracy for all, Fred ran for and was elected to the first Memphis City Council, from a majority white district, when it was formed in 1968.
He was chairman of the Public Works Committee during the sanitation workers strike of 1968 and was on the platform with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he made his final speech in Memphis that year. He walked beside Dr. King along the last march he made in support of the striking workers shortly before his tragic death on April 4, 1968. His council service was judged by black and white Memphians as steadfast and fair to all residents and history has affirmed that.
Fred Davis opened his agency in 1967 and has operated at 1374 Airways Boulevard since 1968.
the first African American policy writing agent in six contiguous states and the first African American member of the Independent Insurance Agents of America.
He has also been a strong mentor to young people and his mission is to help grow young people and share what he has learned so that they can step up to the plate and carry it on.