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The Honorable Augusta Clark

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Crab ( Maryl Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
The ultimate expression of freedom is the freedom of self-definition.

Birthplace

Born:
3/5/1932
Birth Location:
Union Town, Alabama

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Crab ( Maryl Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
The ultimate expression of freedom is the freedom of self-definition.

Birthplace

Born:
3/5/1932
Birth Location:
Union Town
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Biography

Augusta Alexander Clark was born on March 5, 1932, in Union Town, Alabama, the daughter of Harrison and Lula B. Alexander. Clark grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia, although she spent her entire adult life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Clark arrived fresh from West Virginia State College working as a "Girl Friday" for Color Magazine. She then earned her Masters of Library Science degree from Drexel University and a law degree from Temple University School of Law.

Clark served as councilwoman at large and majority whip on the City Council of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Clark was the second black woman in the history of Philadelphia to have served on the city council. In over twenty years of service, Clark compiled a distinctive record of accomplishments. As majority whip, she managed legislation and served as an integral part of the Council leadership team. Clark focused her energy on improving the city’s public schools and revitalizing the poor and under developed communities in Philadelphia.

She retired from the city council in February 2000, but was still very much involved in local affairs. In March 2000, Clark became Secretary of Agencies, Authorities, Boards and Commissions in Mayor John Street's cabinet. In this capacity she communicated between the mayor and nearly 150 citywide organizations. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being named “Woman of the Year” by Pennsylvania Business and Professional Women.

Clark passed away on October 13, 2013 at the age of 81.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Augusta Clark interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Augusta Clark's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Augusta Clark talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Augusta Clark talks about her father's life in rural Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Augusta Clark talks about her mother and her mother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Augusta Clark describes her family's move to West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Augusta Clark praises her mother's child rearing methods
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Augusta Clark says she expected to succeed even as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Augusta Clark shares childhood memories of her mother and father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Augusta Clark describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Augusta Clark describes her father's reaction to living in an all-female household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Augusta Clark discusses the race relations in her childhood hometown of Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Augusta Clark talks about her schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Augusta Clark describes how black teachers were essential to overcoming the conditions of segregated education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Augusta Clark talks about her educational and career aspirations in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Augusta Clark describes working at 'Color' magazine after graduating from college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Augusta Clark describes her experience as a small-town woman in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Augusta Clark descibes her career as a librarian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Augusta Clark tells of her positive impact as a librarian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Augusta Clark explains her decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Augusta Clark describes her experience in law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Augusta Clark describes dealing with self-doubt during law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Augusta Clark talks about first becoming politically active
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Augusta Clark describes how U.S. Congressman Bill Gray helped her to win political office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Augusta Clark talks about the political apathy in 1970s Philadelphia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Augusta Clark describes the organization of Philadelphia's City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Augusta Clark describes dealing with adversity during her first election campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Augusta Clark describes her feelings upon being elected to Philadelphia's City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Augusta Clark recalls her conflicts with Philadelphia City Council President George X. Schwartz
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Augusta Clark talks about the impact of independent African Americans on the Philadelphia City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Augusta Clark discusses the changing public perception of the Philadelphia City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Augusta Clark reflects on her successes on Philadelphia's City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Augusta Clark discusses her character and public image
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Augusta Clark criticizes the actions of past Philadelphia mayors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Augusta Clark lists traits of a good politician
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Augusta Clark discusses her position in Philadelphia Mayor John Street's cabinet
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Augusta Clark talks about her future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Augusta Clark talks about living with an oxygen tank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Augusta Clark discusses her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Augusta Clark discusses her hopes and fears for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Photo - Augusta Clark with two friends at a social event, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Photo - Augusta Clark giving a report about Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street's technology commission, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Photo - Augusta Clark with Philadelphia television personality Trudy Haynes, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Augusta Clark with Vice President Al Gore at a fundraiser, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Augusta Clark at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Boule in Dallas, Texas, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Augusta Clark and Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street honor local students, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Augusta Clark presents a citation from the mayor of Philadelphia to Rev. James Allen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Augusta Clark with members of the Philadelphia Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Augusta Clark at an awards banquet in Philadelphia, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Augusta Clark with members of the Philadelphia Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Augusta Clark with civic leaders and members of the telecommunications industry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Augusta Clark speaks at a ceremony in her honor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Augusta Clark with her family, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Augusta Clark with other prominent women in Philadelphia, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Augusta Clark with Alma R. Douglas of the Smithsonian Institution, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Augusta Clark at her 40th wedding anniversary, June 25, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Augusta Clark in a photo used for a cover story in the 'Philadelphia New Observer,' 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Leroy Clark, Augusta Clark's husband, at their 40th wedding anniversary, June 25, 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - Augusta Clark and her husband Leroy Clark on their 40th wedding anniversary, June 25, 2000