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Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987

 
 
Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 7, 2013
1. Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987 Marker
Inscription. Native Charlestonian and daughter of a former lowcountry slave, Mrs. Septima Clark was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A graduate of Avery Normal Institute, Clark's first job was teaching African-American children on Johns Island. Her experiences with racial inequalities in the school system inspired her to fight for social change. After 40 years of teaching, Clark was fired because of her membership in the NAACP. She then taught at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, and traveled extensively voicing her support for social justice. One of her greatest legacies was the development of citizenship schools where adult African- Americans learned skills needed to register to vote.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced Clark to accept a position as Director of Education with the Southern Christian Leadership Council. Clark's lifelong passion for human rights and equality of justice inspired others. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter presented Clark the Living Legacy Award.

(Left plaque)
The very health of our society depends upon constant unfettered reappraisal of our human condition - - of religion and the spiritual goals of life, of politics and our use of power, of economics and the responsibilities of wealth, of justice and its availability to all human relationships, and the search for that real peace
Septima Poinsette Clark  Marker left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 7, 2013
2. Septima Poinsette Clark Marker left plaque
which is far more than the absence of war.
      Septima Clark

(Right plaque)
I want people to see Children as human beings and not to think of the money it costs nor think of the amount of time it will take, but to think of the lives that can be developed into Americans who will redeem the soul of America and will really make America a great country.
      Septima Clark


 
Location. 32° 47.424′ N, 79° 55.554′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Calhoun Street near east of Concord Street. Touch for map. Located at Liberty Square on Freedom Lane (Calhoun Street extended walkway). Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Sumter Bricks (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Sumter Today (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Port of Charleston (about 300 feet away); The Borough Houses (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Borough Houses (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Liberty Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Benjamin DuPré House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Moses C. Levy House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
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Septima Poinsette Clark Marker right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 7, 2013
3. Septima Poinsette Clark Marker right plaque

1. Septima Poinsette Clark. ...referred to as the "queen mother of the civil rights movement," ... (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Septima Poinsette Clark, from Wikipedia. ...developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights .... (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducation
 
Septima Poinsette Clark  Marker at Liberty Square, at entrance to Fort Sumter National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 7, 2013
4. Septima Poinsette Clark Marker at Liberty Square, at entrance to Fort Sumter National Monument
Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987 Marker at Liberty Square, left of flag pole image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 7, 2013
5. Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987 Marker at Liberty Square, left of flag pole
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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