Interview with Septima Poinsette Clark - OH 131


Dena Gray



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This interview is conducted by Dena Gray with Mrs. Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987) for a Winthrop College class project. Mrs. Clark was an African-American educator and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Mrs. Clark discusses her work as an African-American educator in the Deep South, and her struggle for equal pay for all teachers. Mrs. Clark also discusses her work with the voter registration programs in the South as part of the effort to assist more African-Americans to register to vote as well as the discriminatory practices they had to overcome. Mrs. Clark details her work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement as well as her involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. While describing her background and childhood, Mrs. Clark illustrates the disparity between white and black communities in the South.

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Interview with Septima Poinsette Clark - OH 131

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Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1898-1987--Interviews; Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1898-1987--Family; Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1898-1987--Childhood and youth; African American women civil rights workers--Interviews; African American women educators--Interviews; Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851; African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States; African Americans--Suffrage--Southern States; African Americans--Education--Southern States; Charleston (S.C.)--Social life and customs; Voter registration--Southern States; Literacy tests (Election law); Literacy--Study and teaching--Southern States