Michael A. Cooke
In his interview with Michael Cooke, Arthur John Howard Clement Jr. (1908-1986) discusses his life and work in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Clement details his experiences growing up in the South and what lead him to become active in political issues. He relates his involvement with the South Carolina Progressive Democratic Party whose purpose was to provide African Americans a more active voice in state and national elections. He also discusses his role in and work with the NAACP. He even served as President of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP. In 1950, Clement opposed incumbent Rep. L. Mendel Rivers in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, becoming the first African American in South Carolina to run for Congress as a Democrat. Mr. Clement also discusses his experience with the Avery Institute and how that helped shape his political ideology.
*many online sources incorrectly state that Arthur J. H. Clement, Jr. died in 1985, however he passed away on September 23, 1986
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Black Politics, Struggle for Equality, Black Education in 1900s
Clement, Arthur John Howard Jr., "Interview with Arthur John Howaes Clement Jr." (1986). Winthrop University Oral History Program. OH 249.
LC Subject Headings
African Americans -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th Century, African Americans -- Education -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th Century, African Americans -- South Carolina -- Politics and government -- 20th century