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Interview with Septima Poinsette Clark, July 25, 1976, Charleston, South Carolina

Author: Septima Poinsette Clark; Jacquelyn Dowd Hall; Southern Oral History Program.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
Publisher: [Chapel Hill, N.C.] : Southern Oral History Program, [between 1976 and 1984]
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Biography : State or province government publication : Microfilm : Master microform : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Septima Clark was a teacher and citizen's education director for the Highlander Folk School and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She also worked with the South Carolina Council on Human Relations, YWCA, and American Friends Service Committee. This interview covers her childhood in Charleston, SC, and her family's efforts to survive poverty and racial prejudice. Her mother was a washerwoman reared in Haiti,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)234382906
Named Person: Septima Poinsette Clark; Septima Poinsette Clark
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Septima Poinsette Clark; Jacquelyn Dowd Hall; Southern Oral History Program.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
OCLC Number: 779477363
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm. Chapel Hill, N.C. : University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. On microfilm reel with 1 other item. Master microform (MN 3-2202, pos 1) held by: NcU.
Description: 109 pages
Other Titles: Oral history interview with Septima Poinsette Clark
Interview G-0016, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)
Responsibility: by Jacquelyn Hall ; transcribed by Jean Houston for the Southern Oral History Program.

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Septima Clark was a teacher and citizen's education director for the Highlander Folk School and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She also worked with the South Carolina Council on Human Relations, YWCA, and American Friends Service Committee. This interview covers her childhood in Charleston, SC, and her family's efforts to survive poverty and racial prejudice. Her mother was a washerwoman reared in Haiti, and her father was a former slave on the Poinsett plantation. Her first job as a teacher on John's Island (1916-19) led to her early activism with the NAACP, her friendship with Judge and Mrs. Waring, and her work with the Charleston YWCA. She married Nerie David Clark as an act of rebellion against her parents, but she chose not to remarry after his early death. She attended college in Columbia, returned to Charleston in 1947, and lobbied for the first local credit union to serve black workers. After she lost her teaching position in 1956 due to her NAACP membership, she worked for the Highlander Folk School encouraging voter registration and education. The SCLC hired her to form education programs, but her plans for increasing community involvement, protecting the labor rights of black teachers, and educating black voters were often ignored because she was female. The interview ends with her thoughts on why she started receiving more recognition for her work in the mid-1970s.

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