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.
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.
with the death last night of Rennie Davis – of the Chicago 8 — only three are still alive — Bobby Seale, John Froines and Lee Weiner.
Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, David Dillinger and Davis have died. pic.twitter.com/kizcYCVOzR
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.