Laverne Robertson Davis, 63-year-old singer will receive her degree
By Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com
| The Times-Picayune
Dillard University choir president LaVerne Robertson Davis stepped in front of her final college class
on April 20 as if it were Carnegie Hall.
Dressed in tailored Dillard-blue pants and a matching college T-shirt, her blonde-streaked
hair in a perfect shag, Davis launched into a recitation.
"Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic," she declared.
She ticked her Ts and paused to build suspense, not for a moment treating the assignment
like kids' stuff. Taking it seriously.
Her first time in college, Davis was a kid herself, and she didn't take it seriously.
That was 1970. She lasted a year. Then came marriage, children, career, divorce, remarriage,
seven grandchildren and cancer twice -- as she puts it, "life."