Ossie Davis Endowment

Ossie Davis Endowment with Alan Alda, Lou Gossett. Jr, Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Avery Brooks, Mayor David Dinkins, Laura Turner Sydel, Sonia Sanchez

A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain died. John 12:25

The passing of Ossie Davis was the falling of a great seed. At the time of his passing, DreamDevelopment clients Odetta and Clarence Jones, both contemporaries of Mr.Davis recommended DreamDevelopment lead the charge to take raise the Endowment.

When his colleagues decided to create an endowment in his name, my life was forever changed when I was asked to spearhead the initiative. Housed with the United Negro College Fund, the Ossie Davis Endowment pays homage to a great humanitarian and artist who was passionate about words and education. Ossie Davis walked from Georgia to Washington D.C. to attend Howard University.  It was with that same dedication that we sought to raise an endowment in his name. $500,000 and several scholars later his harvest continues.

Ossie Davis Endowment print materials
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