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Clarence Love

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Commissioner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
There's No Such Thing As You Can't Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1929
Birth Location:
Palmetto, Florida

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Commissioner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
There's No Such Thing As You Can't Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1929
Birth Location:
Palmetto
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Biography

Clarence Love was born in Florida on March 20, 1929. His father, Ben, worked as a farmer in the Florida groves, and his mother, Alberta, worked as a domestic to support their large family of six children. The outbreak of World War II compelled Love to drop out of school and search for work to help support his family. During the next four years, he took a series of odd jobs and sent his paychecks home to his parents. Following the end of the war, he returned to school, at the age of sixteen, continuing where he left off in the seventh grade.

Following graduation, Love married and settled in Bradenton, Florida. In Bradenton, he continued to work a series of odd jobs from cleaning buildings to delivering papers. In 1960, he began collecting rent for a local property owner who rented nearly eighty apartment units throughout the city. He continued to serve as rent collector until 1973, when he purchased the apartments.

Love ran successfully for city commissioner, winning the election by eighteen votes. As city commissioner, he was responsible for a number of Section VIII programs and community redevelopment initiatives. Love was also instrumental in getting sidewalks and streetlights installed in some of the city's poorest communities. Love, now retired, has turned his property management business over to his son.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Clarence Love's Interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Clarence Love lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clarence Love lists his parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clarence Love describes his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clarence Love describes his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clarence Love describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clarence Love recalls stories of violence against blacks in Baker County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clarence Love describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clarence Love describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Clarence Love talks about his mother's farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Clarence Love shares how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Clarence Love describes his household growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Clarence Love describes his personality as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Clarence Love describes how his parents influenced his parenting style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Clarence Love describes his neighborhood in Palmetto, Florida in the 1930s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Clarence Love describes attending Washington Park Elementary in Palmetto, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Clarence Love talks about his teachers in Palmetto, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Clarence Love describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clarence Love talks about the black community in Palmetto, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clarence Love remembers his adolescence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clarence Love talks about working while attending school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clarence Love recalls his plans after high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clarence Love describes how he changed his manner of speaking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clarence Love talks about personal responsibility
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clarence Love talks about his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clarence Love talks about buying an apartment building in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Clarence Love explains land contracts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Clarence Love discusses being a black businessman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clarence Love recalls his election to become the first black city commissioner in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clarence Love describes his accomplishments as city commissioner
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clarence Love discusses the role of race in his political career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clarence Love remembers his activities during and after his political term
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clarence Love recalls the challenges of being a property manager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clarence Love recalls the evening he was robbed and shot
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Clarence Love recounts how his shooter was apprehended
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Clarence Love describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Clarence Love shares his advice to black business owners
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Clarence Love reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Clarence Love talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Clarence Love narrates his photographs