Notable Educator’s Biographic Account Honors the Visionary of FIHS

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Author John B. Davis commends the unparalleled contribution and altruistic commitment of Fairfield Industrial High School Professor Edmond Jefferson Oliver in educating the Black people in the Black community—“The Fruits of His Labor”.

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The Fairfield Industrial High School is situated in the North Central portion of Alabama in the county of Jefferson. It has edified thousands of children through the years—and teaching them to celebrate their blackness. She has produced exceptional apprentices, notable educators and successful individuals who excel in their own fields—and eventually commit to serve others. The Fruits of His Labor by author John B. Davis is an inspirational biographic account that highlights the true story of one man who made success of the people in Fairfield possible.

Professor Edmond Jefferson Oliver provided tremendous contributions and inspiration to the lives of the children in FIHS and the community through his vision of educating the Black people in the Black community. He was instrumental in making them proud of their color and inspired them to make a difference in the world. This book pays tribute to the notable works of Prof. Oliver and his vision. It recounts how he dedicated himself to serving and inspiring his people, especially his students, to embrace education, understand their true purpose and become inspirations to others. The book also enfolds some stories of the graduates of FIHS—the fruits of his labor—who are living proofs of his selfless pledge to service and good direction. The Fruits of His Labor is a vivid depiction of how he planted the seeds, nurtured them and watched them grow as good people with honesty, sincerity and dignity.

A ravishing tale of life, duty and commitment, this intimate and masterfully written book is the much-anticipated biography of a great visionary, told by one of the country’s famous educators. The stories and testimonies will surely give hope, encouragement and strength to the readers as they pursue their dreams—regardless of their differences.

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About the Author

John B. Davis was a classroom teacher, central, district and local school administrator for 30 years with the Chicago Public Schools from 1958 to 1988. He served as a visiting professor and part-time instructor at Roosevelt University, Chicago, in the Administration and Supervision Masters Program (1971-1990). He was also an instructor with the International Renewal Institute and Saint Xavier University Field-Based Master’s Program (1991-2007). Davis held many positions as a consultant (1976-2004). Some of which were the United States Department of Labor, Chicago Department of Aviation, San Francisco State University, Quality Learning Systems International, The Baldridge Process, National Conference of Christians and Jews, National Teachers Corp and the Archdiocese of Chicago School System. His education includes Fairfield Industrial High School, Fairfield, Ala., 1951; BA in Physical Education, Miles College, Fairfield, Ala., 1955; M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision, DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., 1967; Graduate Study, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., 1984-1987. Davis is married, has two adult children and resides in Cocoa, Fla.

The Fruits of His Labor * by John B. Davis
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
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