2016-06-30

Davis was recruited from Cal-Berkeley to teach at the University of Utah.

He was named interim pastor at Calvary Baptist in 1973 and has been the church's full-time pastor since 1974. Calvary Baptist has a 110-year-old congregation four years older, Davis points out, than Utah's statehood.

In a book he has written, Davis documents the history of black Baptist churches in Utah.

"I've seen the city grow and change in many ways," he said. "I was here when the Mormon Church had its revelation that African-Americans were acceptable into the priesthood. I watched the number of African-Americans grow from 8,000 to 20,000 in the state."

For the Olympics, the number of blacks in Salt Lake City has increased with the presence of volunteers, military personnel, media and spectators which Williams calls a welcome sight.

"There's no 'hood here, but there is a lot of history," Lewis said. "The black experience is here. You just have to look underneath to find it."