Belva Davis was accepted into SF State in the 1950s, but could not afford the cost of college. Instead she began a career in journalism, eventually becoming the first female African American television reporter in the Western U.S. Belva worked as a news anchor for a number of Bay Area radio and TV stations in a career that spans nearly five decades. In 2014, she was the keynote speaker at the SF State Commencement.
In 2018, Belva donated $10,000 to the College of Ethnic Studies to honor Ken Monteiro's long tenure as Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, and the college's 50th anniversary celebrations. She also made the generous donation of an archive of her work, including a collection of papers, memorabilia and video images documenting her distinguished career in 2015. Her collection can be viewed atdiva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/11414.