- NAME: Septima Poinsette Clark
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Civil Rights Activist
- BIRTH DATE: May 03, 1898
- DEATH DATE: December 15, 1987
- Did You Know?: Septima Poinsette Clark was instrumental in founding nearly 900 citizenship schools, which ultimately helped African Americans register to vote.
- EDUCATION: Columbia University, Atlanta University, Avery Normal Institute, Benedict College, Hampton Institute
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Charleston, South Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: Johns Island, South Carolina
- Maiden Name: Septima Poinsette
- Full Name: Septima Poinsette Clark
- Nickname: Mother of the Movement
- AKA: Septima Earthaline Poinsette
- AKA: Septima P. Clark
- AKA: Septima Earthaline Poinsette Clark
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Septima Poinsette Clark was a teacher and civil rights activist whose citizenship schools helped enfranchise and empower African Americans.
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She received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, in 1982. In 1987, Clark's second autobiography, Ready from Within: Septima Clark and Civil Rights, won an American Book Award (her first autobiography, Echo in My Soul, had been published in 1962).
Clark was 89 when she died on Johns Island on December 15, 1987. Over her long career of teaching and civil rights activism,
she helped many African Americans begin to take control of their lives and discover their full rights as citizens.
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