Q & A with Nettie Davis

1. How do you start your day?

(By saying) Yes! Get up and get this day going. God is not through with me yet. In all ways acknowledge him and he will direct my path. Make yourself and others happy.

2. What event has made the biggest impact on your life?

In molding my life there have been several events that have left a fantastic imprint. The greatest impact was when I made myself a “sacrificial offering” and helped integrate lunch counters in the civil rights movement by serving time in jail.

3. To what do you attribute your success in local government?

(By being) a gifted, creative leader who is open minded, determined, has unlimited vision, respect for diversity and a positive attitude  are you describing yourself here or another leader? 

4. When you aren’t working for the city, what do you enjoy doing?

Beautifying the environment artistically, spiritually, physically, socially, and melodically

5. Sum up your overall goal as councilwoman in a few sentences.

Making a difference, changing mind sets, being inclusive of all and achieving and reaching unlimited goals and exemplifying love and helping to move this community to become a model for other cities to follow.

6. What do you hope people say about you when you aren’t around?

Nettie is an unselfish woman with pride, stature, unlimited motivation, respect for all people with a caring spirit.

7. If you could say one thing to encourage young women, what would it be?

Have honor, pride, dignity, and respect for yourself and others. Set unlimited goals and challenges. Become educated and exposed. “Fly to touch the sky.”

8. What’s your favorite book?

Little Red Riding Hood. The character Little Red Riding Hood in the book possessed many of my personality traits. Curious, naive, inquisitive, energetic, adventurous, aggressive, my favorite color is red and I love capes.  

9. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

Going to the playground daily. The playground was the Afro-American Park and Recreation program housed on George Washington Carver, Tupelo school campus. All of the children in the Parkhill Community, Shakerag and the Carnation gathered at the Playground during the summer months, twice daily for supervised recreational entertainment. I was actively involved in individual and team sports. Girls played with the boys in competition. I was the Table Tennis champion. Carvers’ campus was behind my house and I would lay on the hill across from the ball field so I could be first in line to play Table Tennis. 

10. Why do you love Tupelo?

Tupelo is my hometown. My most pleasant memories in my life were shared here. The Tupelo Spirit that exists in our city makes our community excel above other areas in the Southeastern region. I love the progressive thinking, a sense of togetherness, the diversity of its citizens, the strong quality of life, a top education system and the caring spirit which exist throughout this community. 

Photo by Lauren Wood

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