McMurry alumna known for human rights work speaks to students


ABILENE, Texas - A McMurry graduate who has made big strides in combating human rights abuse returned to a welcome reception Thursday at her alma mater in Abilene.

Shannon Sedgwick Davis spoke to students and faculty about her experiences in Africa after graduating from McMurry and Baylor Law. Her speech is part of the university's Ubuntu series.

She earned fame by playing a strategic role in the hunt for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, according to multiple sources including the Washington Post, Christianity Today and New Yorker Magazine.

During her speech Thursday, she talked about her work with "The Elders," a group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela. She also recalled the lessons she learned while at McMurry.

"My hope, especially talking to the students, is that they would look to some of the work we've been able to be a part of and realize that they should pursue their dreams," Davis said.

Davis is the CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, which works toward the prevention of genocide and human rights violations across the world.

She received the McMurry Alumni Award and she was named Baylor Law School's Lawyer of the Year in 2011.