Myrtle Davenport spends most of the year moving between her daughters'
homes. If she had her druthers she'd live independently in her
own home and she'd still be driving her car. Her lifelong interests
have been the well-being of her children, her church, and cooking.
After her children were grown, Davenport became active in the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. These
days she shares her wisdom with students at Kean University in
Union, New Jersey, where she lectures once a semester on perspectives
on life and death.
What was the most important thing
that happened for women during this century? Women's
lib. Women are not suppressed anymore the way they used to be.
They can make their own lives and decisions and not be dependent
on their husbands.
How did it affect your life?
My girls all left to make their own lives in other states. This
gave me a whole new outlook on life. For example, it made me
decide to get my driver's license at 75.
What advice would you give to girls
today? Respect your parents. Listen to them and heed
what they say. Your parents have walked this road before, and
they know where the stumbling blocks are.