My Father's Legacy
Legendary D.C. Barber
Named to the Hall of Fame
D.C. – October 15, 2009 - The late Mr. Willie Roscoe Davis, of Southeast
D.C., was inducted into the Barber Hall of Fame by the 83rd National Association
of Barber Boards of America in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 16, 2009.
The Barbers Hall of Fame
pays honor to those practitioners who have made outstanding contributions to the
furtherance of the barbering profession.
Mr. Davis, often called
Roscoe, owned and operated Davis Barber Shop in Ward 8 of the District since
1968. This familiar landmark gave Mr. Davis the opportunity to provide for his
family and give back to his community by helping others do the same for their
families. He gave D.C. residents more than just a place to work. He gave them a
place to seek advice, tutoring for the barber exam, a blood pressure screening,
and a safe place to get a haircut.
In 1995, Mr. Davis was
appointed by the Mayor of Washington, D.C. to serve on the District Board of
Barbers and Cosmetology. In that role, be worked to restructure rules and
regulations to help maintain the fairness and integrity of the profession and to
open doors for others to become exam supervisors, instructors and owners of
their own businesses. He was instrumental in working with the city to set up a
barbering program for government institutions to help inmates seeking training
in barbering and along with others and government support, he provided barber
training at Lorton Correctional Institute. He was a great role model for anyone
wanting to better their lives. Mr. Davis was dedicated to improving the
barbering industry and felt very strongly about sharing what he had acquired
with those who had a desire to learn. It is through his great efforts and
generosity that the NABBA found it fitting and proper to award him the highest
honor in the barbering industry.
Hall-of-Famer, Davis also
served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, was a member of the District
of Columbia National Guard from 1956 to 1983, and co-founded Happy Tot Child
Development Center with his wife in D.C. in 1973 after enrolling in the Child
Development Associate Preschoolers Training Program. He passed away on
December 2, 2001.