The Rev. Dr. Stanley L. Davis, Jr.
Rev. Stanley L. Davis, Jr. is the co-Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC), as well as Executive Director Emeritus of the Chicago and Northern Illinois Region of The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ)now named the Chicago Center for Cultural Connections.
Rev. Davis was the Executive Director of the Chicago and Northern Illinois Region of The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) from February 1984 through December 2003. NCCJ, founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a civic non-profit human relationâ€™s organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in America.
During his tenure at NCCJ, Rev. Davis has set the stage for creating opportunities for people to realize the advantages and importance of accepting diversity. The many educational and training programs and projects instituted have helped thousands of people understand and address the issues they face as individuals and members of the community. Rev. Davis also expanded and redefined interfaith work in the Chicago area through the many interfaith programs of NCCJ. In addition, the award winning NCCJ InterFaith Calendar, produced in cooperation with 14 faith communities, was developed under his leadership. The calendar promotes and fosters understanding and appreciation of the many faith traditions in our nation and has been recognized nationally and internationally.
Throughout his career, Rev. Davis has participated in the struggle for civil and human rights. In the 1960's, Rev. Davis was involved in the many activities that revolved around the formation of the Chicago Freedom Movement and the ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including participating in the 1963 March on Washington. Rev. Davis played a key role in easing tensions between civil rights activists and residents of the Northwest Side during the open housing marches in the summer of 1966. Rev. Davis also was instrumental in the struggle to make Oak Park the racially integrated community it is today.
For 25 years, Rev. Davis worked on behalf of young people. He pioneered services for troubled adolescents at local, state, and national levels as an executive of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He is the founder of Youth Outreach Services of Chicago, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2010 and is now one of the largest youth serving agencies in Illinois.
Rev. Davis has lectured extensively on human relations and interfaith relations to religious institutions, civic organizations and city, state, and federal agencies in the Chicago area, State of Illinois, as well as throughout the country. He has also been interviewed internationally by the Central and South American television Univision Network, the Turkish newspaper Vaman, nationally by Fox Television Network, and the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. In May 2004 he presented a paper at the Turkish Journalists and Writers Association, International Symposium: Religion and Peace: In light of Forefather Abraham, in Istanbul, Turkey.
A native of Pennsylvania, Rev. Davis received his B.A. degree from Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and his Master of Divinity Degree from Bethany Theological Seminary, now in Richmond, Indiana. Rev. Davis is an ordained minister of The United Church of Christ.
Rev. Davis is a long time resident of Oak Park. His wife Christine is currently a consultant in curriculum development to educational institutions, after a distinguished 25-year career as an elementary educator. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Rev. Davis has received a number of distinguished awards including: