Septima Clark

Title

Septima Clark

Subject

Education and civil rights

Description

Educator and civil rights activist who developed literacy and citizenship workshops

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image: Tumblr, public domain

Birth Date

1898

Birthplace

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Death Date

1987

Occupation

Educator and Civil Rights Activist

Biographical Text

Septima Clark was an educator and civil rights activist who developed literacy and citizenship workshops that were crucial to the campaign for voting rights for African Americans in the south during the 1960s. Clark grew up a strictly segregated society which shaped her outlook on social justice. Because she was African American, her elementary education was not at the same level as white children. A high school opened in 1914 so that she could graduate and take a state examination to start teaching. As an African American, she was barred from teaching in the Charleston public schools, but she could teach on the Sea Islands. Gross disparities represented white and black education. She became politically involved in 1919 when she started actively attending NAACP meetings. She settled in Columbia, South Carolina where she taught at the Booker T. Washington High School. Clark is still remembered as an outstanding educator. She taught there for eighteen years and became more involved in civil rights activism. Clark went on to study with W.E.B. DuBois and earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She was an influential figure in the long Civil Rights Movement and one that is too often forgotten.

Bibliography

McFadden, Grace Jordan. "Septima P. Clark and the Struggle for Human Rights." Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers 1941-1965. Ed. Vicki L. Crawford, Jacqueline Anne Rouse, and Barbara Woods. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993): pp. 85–97.

Oral History Interviews with Septima Clark from "Documenting the American South"

1. http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/G-0017/menu.html

2. http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/G-0016/menu.html

University of South Carolina, Septima Clark: http://www.usca.edu/aasc/clark.htm

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Date Added
June 13, 2014
Collection
Reform (Social or Labor)
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Septima Clark,” Women Who Dared, accessed September 18, 2019, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/50.