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Septima Poinsette Clark papers

Repository: Avery Research Center

Collection Description (CRHP): Contains personal papers, records, correspondence, photographs interviews and discussions, numerous writings for speeches and/or publication, various honorary degrees and awards, and materials reflecting Clark's activities as an educator and civil rights activist.

Collection Description (Extant): Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987) was born on May 3, 1898 in Charleston, SC. Her father had been born enslaved and her mother was a native of Haiti. Mrs. Clark was a graduate of the Avery Normal Insititute in Charleston, and began her long teaching career on rural John's Island, SC in 1916. She earned a bachelor's degree at Benedict College and a masters degree from Hampton Institute in Virginia. Mrs. Clark took an activist position early on in her career, and was ultimately fired from the Charleston City Schools for being an active member of the NAACP. This ended her career in public education, but not her career as an advocate and activist for civil and human rights. Mrs. Clark became a lecturer under the sponsorship of the Highlander School and a teacher training supervisor for the SCLC. In 1962 she published her autobiography, "Echo In My Soul." In 1964, she accompanied Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Norway when he was presented the Nobel Peace Prize. President Jimmy Carter presented Mrs. Clark with a Living Legacy Award in 1979.

Date(s): c.1919-1990

Digital Status: Unknown

Extent: 11.5 Linear Ft.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Septima Poinsette Clark

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


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African American educators
African American women civil rights workers
Baker, Ella, 1903-1986
Carmichael, Stokely
Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
Horton, Myles, 1905-1990
Hospital Workers’ Strike, Charleston, S.C., 1969
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Southern Christian Leadership Conference




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