Elvera Sanchez Davis (New York City, (September 1, 1905 - September 2, 2000) was an American dancer and the mother of Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy Davis, Jr. often stated that his mother was Puerto Rican and born in San Juan. However, the 2003 biography In Black and White claims that he made these statements due to the political sensitivities of the 1960s and his mother was instead born in New York of Cuban ancestry. The book claims that Elvera was in fact born in New York, the daughter of Cuban Americans Marco Sanchez, a cigar salesman, and Luisa Aguiar (1884-1996), information which was obtained from the daughter and granddaughter of Elvera\s sister Julia and from contemporary documentation. These claims have never been confirmed by the Davis or Sanchez families; therefore, many people consider them to be speculative, and believe it best to rely on Sammy Davis Jr. himself as the
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