101-year-old Romay Davis has worked at Winn-Dixie grocery store in Montgomery, Alabama for over two decades is now being recongizned for her outstanding work with grant program named after her. The grandmother is still working even amid the coronavirus pandemic and still drives herself to the grocery store each day for work. The grant program “Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program, nonprofits” will give support in the fight for racial equity and social justice. The grant will also address racial disparities in education, food insecurity and health care according to Good Morning America.
Davis herself is a trailblazer herself during World War II, the centenarian born on Oct. 29, 1919 in King George County, Virginia served as part of the first all-Black Women Army Corps unit deployed overseas during World War II. Then after the war, she began a career in fashion as a designer in model in New York for 30 years. Throughout her life, she’s also achieved other milestones including a master’s degree, Black Belt in Taekwondo and more.
She retired from the workforce in 1982, but in 2001, after her husband passed away, but she decided to go back to work and was hired by Winn-Dixie in 2001 at the age of 80. Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, “As we celebrate Ms. Romay, we are moved by her unwavering dedication and strong work ethic, which inspires others to be their best.”