Across the city of Minot, Joe Davis is called an inspiration to youth, a champion for educators and a kindhearted friend who empowers communities. As a poet, teacher and social activist, Davis is touring the United States to deliver songs of hope, healing and solidarity for humanity. Motivated by the words of Howard Thurman, Davis finds a sense of peace and purpose in the quote provided by the late author and theologian.
For Davis, the key to feeling fully alive begins with finding a passion. "When we are pursuing our passion, we're following our dreams and listening to our hearts," Davis said. "Whatever you do with your life, do it wholeheartedly. That's how you create change." At an early age, Davis learned that changing the world requires integrity first, service before self and excellence.
While growing up on the Minot Air Force Base, Davis saw first hand what it takes to make a difference as both his mother and father committed their lives to serving in the Air Force. "My parents taught me the best way to lead is by serving others with compassion," Davis said. Along with practicing the values of leadership, Davis' parents put emphasis on mastering scholarship. "Growing up, I was always in the library," Davis said. "I have to give love to my parents for cultivating my love for reading."
Today, at the age of 29, Davis is inspiring adolescents with poetry and strengthening humanity through music. Recently, Davis and his band gave a soul stirring performance that touched the hearts and minds of spectators at the Rock The Leaves Festival held in Minot. During the concert, people joined hands, exchanged hugs and wiped away tears as Davis passionately spoke about a world released from poverty, violence and racism.
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said we've begun to thingify ourselves and our nation," Davis said. "We are valuing things more than we value people. Dr. King said once we get back to the roots of humanity, which is to love one another, we can dismantle the three evils of poverty, racism and militarism." Before the show concluded, audience members flocked to the stage to sing beside Davis as the band played a heart-rending message song entitled "Love Will Lead the Way."