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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Community Resource Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
A Stitch In Time Saves Nine.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1927
Birth Location:
Tupelo, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Community Resource Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
A Stitch In Time Saves Nine.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1927
Birth Location:
Tupelo
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Biography

Community volunteer and community resource specialist Dale E. Clinton was born June 10, 1927, in Tupelo, Mississippi. She attended George Washington Carver School in segregated Tupelo. Her family moved to Chicago when she was fourteen years old. Clinton graduated from Chicago's Wendell Phillips High School in June 1944. She enrolled in Wilson Junior College, Cortez Typing School, and studied commercial law and nursing while working for Spiegel, International Harvester and other manufacturing companies. Clinton received a political education organizing youth volunteers for Chicago's black congressman, William L. Dawson.

In 1959 Clinton moved to California. By the mid 1960s, she was a struggling single mother of five children living on a monthly $333 welfare check. However, local Head Start officials urged her involvement in the Neighborhood Adult Participation Program. When Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty called for the eradication of federal welfare programs, Clinton wrote a letter to President Lyndon Johnson defending the plight of poor mothers. The letter was soon published in the major dailies nationwide and featured in Parade. Congressman Augustus F. Hawkins read the letter into the Congressional Record. The letter impressed Sargent Shriver and trickled down to local human services officials. Soon, Clinton was sought for her advice and was appointed to the board of the local Community Action Agency. She accepted an offer for postgraduate training in community relations and eventually worked on the executive staff of the Office of Community and Human Relations for the city of Long Beach.

Clinton is the recipient of numerous awards and plaques for championing welfare rights, fair housing and economic development. Now retired, she still lives in Long Beach where she is helping to raise her grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dale Clinton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dale Clinton lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dale Clinton talks about her paternal grandparents, the Heads, and her maternal grandparents, the Wards
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dale Clinton talks about her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dale Clinton describes her parents and what her father, Benny A. Head, did for a living
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dale Clinton describes her mother's, Sally Elizabeth Ward Head, and father's, Benny A. Head, jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dale Clinton talks about her parents and brothers attending the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, now Christian Methodist Episcopal
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dale Clinton describes the sights, smells, and sounds of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dale Clinton describes experiencing racism growing up in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dale Clinton talks about attending George Washington Carver High School in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dale Clinton describes herself as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dale Clinton talks about the food her family ate growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dale Clinton talks about misbehaving as a girl in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dale Clinton describes her teachers in elementary school in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dale Clinton describes her father being forced to flee Tupelo, Mississippi after stabbing his racist supervisor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dale Clinton talks about how Chicago, Illinois differed from Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dale Clinton talks about attending Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dale Clinton talks about opting not to pursue nursing after graduating from Wendell Phillips Academy High School in 1944
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dale Clinton talks about trying different training programs in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dale Clinton describes working at International Harvest, Chicago Mail Order, and RR Donnelly in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dale Clinton talks about attending Antioch Baptist Church and New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dale Clinton talks about meeting gospel singers, the Roberta Martin Singers and Albertina Walker, Ozella Weber, and Mahalia Jackson at her church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dale Clinton talks about her husband, James Clinton, and their children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dale Clinton talks about moving to Los Angeles, California in 1959
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dale Clinton describes her rocky marriage to James Clinton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dale Clinton talks about working for the Lafayette Hotel and Packard Bell and moving to Long Beach, California in 1961
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dale Clinton describes volunteering for Congressman William L. Dawson in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dale Clinton talks about going on welfare in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dale Clinton describes her involvement with Head Start and the Neighborhood Adult Participation Program (NAPP) in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dale Clinton talks about writing to President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 defending mothers on welfare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dale Clinton talks about her post-graduate training program in community relations at the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dale Clinton describes when Senator Robert Kennedy was killed in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dale Clinton talks about the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dale Clinton describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dale Clinton reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dale Clinton talks about how her letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson defending welfare went into the Congressional Record in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dale Clinton talks about her hopes for the next generation of the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dale Clinton talks about her lack of political aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dale Clinton talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dale Clinton describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dale Clinton talks about her desire for companionship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dale Clinton describes taking care of her family and grandchildren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dale Clinton talks about the problems caused by cocaine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dale Clinton narrates her photographs