Rennie Davis Biography: Wiki, Age, Wife, Career, Death Cause

Who is Rennie Davis? Rennie Davis Bio/Wiki

Rennard Cordon Davis aka Rennie Davis was an anti-war American activist who, in the 1960s, gained notoriety. He was born on May 23, 1941, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

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At the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, he was one of the Chicago Seven defendants arrested for anti-war demonstrations and large-scale protests.

In the American anti-Vietnam War protest movement of the 1960s, he had a prominent organizational role.

On February 2, 2021, his wife announced Rennie Davis died.


He was 79 years old.


©Kirsten Liegmann

Kirsten Liegmann was the wife of Rennie Davis.


At the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Davis was one of the key leaders of the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam to prepare anti-war demonstrations. He unsuccessfully negotiated with Chicago City Councilor David Stahl to secure a permit.

Davis was among protesters beaten by Chicago police officers at a ‘police riot’ in Grant Park, and he sustained a concussion. Davis was committed to nonviolence, unlike some other politicians. His police injury shook the remaining confidence in pacifism by the demonstrators.

To talk at the “Festival of Life” in Grant Park, Davis returned to Chicago for the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

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He also appeared on a panel debating “a radical counterbalance to the religious right” with activist Tom Hayden.

Death Cause

His wife, Kirsten Liegmann, who on his Facebook page announced his death, said the cause was lymphoma, adding that just two weeks earlier, a large tumor had been found.

In a post on his Rennie Davis personal page on Facebook, his wife writes,

The Passing of a Legend:
This is Kirsten, Rennie’s wife. I know many of you feel very connected to and inspired by…

Posted by Rennie Davis on Tuesday, 2 February 2021



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