Septima Poinsette Clark
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Septima Poinsette Clark was an advocate and educator of civics education long before it became popular. As a teacher and member of the NAACP, she pushed issues of education and equal rights. When the State of South Carolina placed a ban on NAACP membership, Septima refused to obey and lost her job and pension as a result. She, along with her cousin, started the first citizenship school to educate Black citizens in reading and writing, election procedures and government. Her name may not be so familiar, but those in the fight for Civil Rights knew exactly who she was! In fact, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledged her when receiving his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize award.
Further Exploration: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/clark-septima-poinsette-1898-1987
Available at Multnomah County: Lighting the Way by Schiff, Karenna Gore
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