Rennard Cordon “Rennie” Davis (born May 23, 1941) is a former, prominent American anti-Vietnam War protest leader of the 1960s. He was one of the Chicago Seven.
Davis was the National Director of community organizing programs (the Economic Research and Action Project, or ERAP, in Ann Arbor, Michigan), a project of Students for a Democratic Society. Davis, along with Tom Hayden, organized anti-war demonstrations in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention for the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (“the Mobe”). He has appeared on Larry King Live, Barbara Walters, CNN, Phil Donahue, VH1, and other network programs, and provided advice in business strategies for Fortune 500 companies.
Davis grew up in Berryville, Virginia, and is an alumnus of Oberlin College in Ohio. His father was labor economist John C. Davis, who was President Harry S. Truman's chief of staff of the Council of Economic Advisers. Davis appeared in Chicago for the 1996 Democratic National Convention to appear on a panel with Tom Hayden discussing “a progressive counterbalance to the religious right”.
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