Yana Davis

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Samuel Dale "Yana" Davis (born 1950; died July 2020 in Birmingham) was a public radio executive, newspaper editor, and history teacher.

In late 1960s, Davis was an organizer for the Southern Student Organizing Committee. As a student at UAB he was one of the first editors of the Kaleidoscope newspaper. From 1979 to 1985 he was promotions director and assistant director of development for WBHM-FM. From 1986 to 1988 he was managing editor of the newly-launched Birmingham Business Journal. After that he served as an account executive for J. Cunniff & Associates, and as executive director of the Foundation for Women's Health

In 1991 Davis left Birmingham to work as corporate support manager at WSIU-FM in Carbondale, Illinois. In 1996 he was hired as development director for WUOT-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in 1998 and 2001 moved into similar roles with KRCU-FM in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio. From 2005 to 2008 he was director of sponsor communications for the Washington D.C.-based libertarian think tank, The Cato Institute.

He completed his master's in English and history in 2012, researching the spread of Lotus School Buddhism from India to the United States. He taught classes in U.S. history and western civilization as an instructor and adjunct instructor at UAB and Jefferson State Community College. He consulted with numerous organizations, and volunteered his skills as a grant researcher and fund raiser for Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve in the late 2010s.

Davis was a long-term practitioner of Buddhism in the Nichiren Shōshū tradition and was an active member of Soka Gakkai International.

Davis resided at the Sheraton Apartments on Highland Avenue. He died from cancer in 2020, and is memorialized with a bust of Buddha outside of Rojo restaurant.

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