United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is fortunate to have a tradition of strong leadership. Exemplary individuals, such as J. Mason Davis, Jr., demonstrate the impact that a passionate, community-minded person can make. As a well-known Birmingham attorney and dedicated defender of civil rights, his relationship with UWCA spans more than 70 years, during which he became the first African American Chairman of the Board – and a powerful inspiration to future leaders.
In 2019, UWCA honored Mr. Davis’ incredible legacy by establishing a new leadership society. The J. Mason Davis Leadership Society aims to bring together changemakers working to positively impact the African American community through a shared affinity for philanthropy, leadership, volunteerism and advocacy.
The far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented unique challenges in the earliest stages of the group’s development. But thanks to innovative leadership, the future looks bright. Currently, the team is selecting cabinet chairs, creating a calendar for 2021 and determining upcoming initiatives for philanthropy and service.
On December 3, 2020, the J. Mason Davis Leadership Society will host a virtual event to discuss these major steps forward. Additionally, key figures, such as Mr. Davis himself, chair Natalie Kelly and co-chair Cleo Crawford, will reacquaint returning members with the society as well as introduce new and prospective members to the group’s goals.