Noted Civil Rights Attorney Mawuli “Mel” Davis to Serve as ITC’s First Virtual Commencement Speaker

Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for Civil Rights Advocacy
by ITC News | Feb 10, 2021

Atlanta, GA — Noted Civil Right Attorney Mawuli “Mel” Davis, founding partner of the newly renamed Davis-Boseman-Johnson Law firm, will serve as the Commencement Speaker for the Interdenominational Theological Center’s (ITC) first virtual Commencement and Sixty-First Commencement Exercises. Attorney Davis will be recognized for his work as a freedom-fighting advocate with the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. The virtual ceremony will air in honor of Black History Month on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. ET and broadcast via ITC’s Facebook page – – and YouTube channel.

As a prophetic problem solver, Attorney Davis works on the front lines of low profile and high-profile cases, including the fight to end cash bail in the City of Atlanta; the removal of a confederate monument in the City of Decatur, Georgia; and the push to secure justice for the family of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery in Brunswick, GA. Holding bachelor’s, master’s, and Juris Doctor degrees from the United States Naval Academy, Bowie State University, and the Georgia State University College of Law, Attorney Davis has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine as both a rising super lawyer and as a super lawyer for six consecutive years, a distinction given to less than three percent of lawyers practicing in the state of Georgia.

“The very nature of our gathering in this virtual environment signals the unprecedented and pivotal moment in which we are living,” stated ITC President Rev. Matthew Wesley Williams, ’04. “This class has shown incredible resilience, and I couldn’t be prouder. We are all inspired by this class of graduates who will forever be exemplars of strength within the ITC Village.”

The virtual ceremony will integrate traditional African ceremonial components, such as traditional African drumming and music designed for attendees to experience the tradition, art, and joy of African culture. The ceremony will also include tributes from the Deans of the constituent seminaries to their honorary degree recipients, a special charge to graduates by President Williams, and the official conferring of degrees.

“What a joy and blessing it is to congratulate graduates on their successful matriculation at the ITC,” stated ITC Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost Dr. Maisha I. K. Handy. “They are receiving, not just a degree, but the educational experience of a lifetime – one that will prepare you to engage in the practices of ministry that transform communities. We know that 2020 was an unprecedently challenging year. I am grateful to witness their fortitude, consistency, and grace. May they continue to walk in excellence as they are guided by the love of God, their communities, families, and self-determination! We are better because you came through!”

This first virtual commencement celebrates the graduating classes of spring 2020 and summer 2020. Graduates, alumni, and supporters of ITC are encouraged to take photos and videos celebrating ITC’s first virtual commencement and share them on social media using the hashtag #ITCGrad2020.

For the latest information on ITC’s Virtual Commencement, visit or email The Office of Student Affairs at

About the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC)

Founded in 1958, the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is a historically African American theological consortium located in the heart of Atlanta, GA. The ITC cultivates future Prophetic Problem Solvers in partnership with five Christian denominations, three of which are historically Black faith traditions: Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist, and Church of God in Christ as well as one at-large constituency that represents an additional ten denominations, the Selma T. and Harry V. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship.


The ITC is the only graduate theological center that prepares leaders for such a wide swath of the African American faith community. ITC graduates enter professional careers in the church, academia, chaplaincy, and nonprofits. The ITC is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Learn more at or for continuous news and updates, follow ITC on social media @ITCEducation.


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