THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
“I was sitting in a boring class just after Kent State, and I was thinking, what am I doing in Grad school? I want to be out on the streets doing something.”
Devon spent her career working for social justice organizations as a peace activist, fundraiser and community educator. She has actively promoted affirmative action and has been a racial justice educator for many years including in the sanctuary and immigrant rights movement.
Interviewed by Judy Waxman, December 2021
Photo 1. Devon at the first office for Vocations for Social Change, circa 1970. Photo 2. The original cover of the People’s Yellow Pages, 1971.
More About Devon:
- The People’s Yellow Pages, cofounded by Devon Davidson
- “Why The People’s Yellow Pages, A Relic Of ’70s Counterculture, Still Resonates Today,” WBUR News, December 2021
- National Coalition of Advocates for Students Publications
- “Criteria for Evaluating an AIDS Curriculum,” written by Devon after gathering input from three respected educators to help teachers sort through the myriad of curricula that were appearing, many with inaccurate information, 1987
- Viviremos! On the Road to Healthy Living, a secondary level curriculum for Latino migrant farmworker students. Devon was the project manager. Published in 1996.
- American Friends Service Committee website