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Dr. Clinton Warner

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans (Baked)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Accept, But Verify.

Birthplace

Born:
7/11/1924
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans (Baked)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Accept, But Verify.

Birthplace

Born:
7/11/1924
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Dr. Clinton E. Warner, Jr. saw action on the front lines of two of the twentieth century's most transformative struggles. Born in Atlanta on July 11, 1924, Warner fought in World War II and became an active civil rights participant.

Warner's post-secondary education was interrupted by the onset of World War II. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Army and participated in the D-Day invasion of France that turned the tide of the war in Europe. Warner then returned home to study at Morehouse College, where he received his M.A. in 1948. He earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical School in Nashville, graduating summa cum laude in 1951. Following an internship in Chicago and surgical training in St. Louis, Warner entered private practice in Atlanta as a surgeon specializing in breast diseases.

Warner also became heavily involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He purchased his first home on Fielding Lane in Southwest Atlanta, defying the Berlin Wall-like Peyton Road Barricades erected in 1962 by Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. to segregate the community. Warner's act of resistance initiated a campaign for fair housing that opened housing in Southwest Atlanta to African Americans. Warner was also a plaintiff in a 1963 lawsuit that desegregated Emory University and the Fulton County Medical and Dental Society. As the civil rights movement gained momentum, Warner contributed medical and financial services to student activists and was jailed twice in hotel protests in Atlanta. In 1967, he founded the first minority medical surgical group, the Atlanta Surgical Professional Association.

An active member of several medical and civic organizations, Warner has been recognized several times for his contributions to medicine and the community. He served as honorary co-chairman of the Medical Support Group for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and serves on the board of trustees of Morehouse College. Warner retired from medicine in 1996. He and his wife, Sally Johnson, have one son, Clinton E. Warner, III, and live in Atlanta.

Dr. Clinton Warner passed away on June 30, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Clinton Warner's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Clinton Warner lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Clinton Warner identifies his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Clinton Warner recounts the success of his maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Clinton Warner describes his family's public service efforts and family farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Clinton Warner details his maternal aunts' and uncles' educational and professional accomplishments
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Clinton Warner explains how his maternal grandfather learned to read
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Clinton Warner describes his mother's life and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Clinton Warner relates his parents' childhoods, education, and marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Clinton Warner talks his father's position at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clinton Warner recalls his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clinton Warner shares more memories from his early childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clinton Warner describes the development of his race consciousness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clinton Warner recalls his experiences in school as the principal's son
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clinton Warner talks about his affinity for the piano
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clinton Warner reflects upon his religious views
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clinton Warner talks about his path towards becoming a doctor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clinton Warner details his experience during and views on World War II, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clinton Warner details his experience during and views on World War II, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clinton Warner recalls his time at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clinton Warner recounts his time at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clinton Warner describes segregation in Chicago, Illinois inside and outside of the hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clinton Warner details the final steps of his entry into the medical profession
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Clinton Warner describes the challenges he faced entering the surgical field
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Clinton Warner talks about black colleagues in his medical field
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Clinton Warner reflects upon how the medical profession has changed over time, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Clinton Warner reflects upon how the medical profession has changed over time, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Clinton Warner talks about fighting for civil rights through the medical profession, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Clinton Warner talks about fighting for civil rights through the medical profession, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Clinton Warner describes his involvement in a legal suit against segregation in the medical profession and integrating the neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Clinton Warner talks about integrating Southwest Atlanta, Georgia despite resistance from the mayor and racist neighbors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Clinton Warner talks about moving to Georgia from St. Louis, Missouri and being met with racism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Clinton Warner talks about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Clinton Warner recalls forming the Atlanta Surgical Professional Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Clinton Warner talks about Sigma Pi Phi, otherwise known as the Boule, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Clinton Warner talks about Sigma Pi Phi, otherwise known as the Boule, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Clinton Warner comments on the Boule's secrecy and changes in the group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Clinton Warner talks about his involvement with a black bank in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Clinton Warner talks about how he became chairman of the board of trustees at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Clinton Warner talks about HistoryMaker Louis Sullivan