She is the co-founder of Black Women of Forward Action and a known historian in the community effectively making change
Irene Moore Davis was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She is President of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Co-Founder and current Treasurer of Black Women of Forward Action, and Programming Chair at BookFest Windsor/Festival du Livre.
She is co-host of the All Write in Sin City podcast which highlights writers and writing in the Detroit-Windsor region. She fulfills board or committee roles with the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, Psi Delta Omega Chapter (Windsor) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Black Council of Windsor-Essex, Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair, and By the River Reading Series.
Irene is an active and engaged member of All Saints’ Anglican Church and serves on the Proud Anglicans of Huron Committee, Black Anglicans of Canada Leadership Team, and the church’s national Dismantling Racism Task Force.
Irene was executive co-producer of the award-winning short documentary The North Was Our Canaan (2020) and is currently co-producing a short documentary titled Across the River to Freedom: both films explore nineteenth century Black history in Sandwich, now part of Windsor, Ontario.
Irene was part of the writing and editorial team for African Canadian Roads to Freedom, resource manuals which help local teachers integrate Black history into their everyday curriculum; and she was one of several Canadian and U.S. historians to contribute chapters to the book A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (Wayne State University Press, 2016.) She has published works of poetry and journalism, and speaks and writes frequently about Black history, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Irene is an administrator at St. Clair College where she also teaches English, Black studies, and Underground Railroad history. She was the 2022 recipient of the Harriet Tubman Award for Commitment to a Purpose (Ontario Black History Society) and is one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women inductees for 2022. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor, Queen’s University, and Western University.
Irene Moore Davis