What’s Next for Troy Davis’ Nephew?

One of The Root's 2011 Young Futurists, De'Jaun Davis-Correia, reflects on his challenging year.

De'Jaun Davis-Correia (Jen Marlowe)
De'Jaun Davis-Correia (Jen Marlowe)

Life became increasingly hectic: He was in and out of federal court, traveling to heighten awareness of his uncle’s case and conducting endless media interviews.

When his mother became ill, he knew he had to fill the void. “No matter what our outcome was, we always ended the day thanking God for what he has done,” said De’Jaun, who visited his uncle regularly. “Yes, we weren’t getting the response we wanted, but we knew we were exposing the court system every time they denied us.

“We were fighting for fairness and respect.”

Since the deaths in his family, De’Jaun has begun to build a life for himself. A senior in high school, he is interning at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which designs and develops business jet aircraft, and living with his aunt, Kimberly Davis. He will graduate in June and hopes to attend Georgia Tech, where he plans to major in industrial engineering with a focus on research and development.

Regardless of his educational future, he has no intention of slowing his activism. If he is accepted into Georgia Tech, he will volunteer with Amnesty International in Atlanta and work with the city’s NAACP branch.

But it’s education first. That is what his mother wanted.

While his schoolwork takes priority, he has continued writing speeches to deliver one day. Sometimes when he is angry, he writes in his journal. In the meantime, his family and others continue to bring attention to death penalty cases.

Kimberly Davis remains active in the anti-death penalty movement. Seattle-based Jen Marlowe, a filmmaker, writer and human rights advocate, is authoring a book about De’Jaun’s mother.

And Cerebral Motion Entertainment has produced a 40-minute documentary, Too Much Doubt, about that fateful night in August 1989, the investigation, the prosecution of Troy Davis and what it calls “the flaws in the criminal-justice system.”

De’Jaun also still talks to his uncle’s lawyers and NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous.