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The Honorable Curtis McClinton, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Vegetables, Nuts
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Things Can Be Worse Than They Are. You Have To Be A Part Of The Action To Make The Change.

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1913
Birth Location:
Braggs, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Vegetables, Nuts
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Things Can Be Worse Than They Are. You Have To Be A Part Of The Action To Make The Change.

Birthplace

Born:
3/20/1913
Birth Location:
Braggs
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Biography

Political activist Curtis McClinton was born in Braggs, Oklahoma, in 1913. He credits his father with exposing him at a young age to ideas of community and responsibility. The political rallies and courtroom proceedings McClinton attended as a young boy ignited within him an awareness of democracy, change and civic participation. McClinton experienced first hand the inequitable conditions of segregated schooling. He attended a segregated elementary school in Poteau and graduated from the segregated Manuel Training High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma. McClinton continued his education at Langston University, receiving his B.A. in Education in 1937.

Soon after moving to Wichita, Kansas in 1943, McClinton began his political career. He served one term as the President of Wichita's NAACP chapter before pursuing a political career. In 1956, McClinton was elected to Kansas' House of Representatives. During his first of two terms, McClinton worked to pass a public accommodations law for the state of Kansas to ensure equal treatment for all races in public places, such as restaurants, hotels and other businesses. McClinton also holds the honor of being Kansas' first African American state senator, tirelessly working throughout his 1964-1968 term to combat social inequities.

McClinton was an active member of a group called Urban Housing Management and Development Council. The Kansas African American Museum selected McClinton as one of the recipients of its Doris Kerr Larkins Heritage Award. This honor is presented in recognition of outstanding service to the community.

Curtis McClinton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 28, 2002.

Curtis McClinton passed away on June 27, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Curtis McClinton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Curtis McClinton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Curtis McClinton describes Evansville, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Curtis McClinton talks about his parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Curtis McClinton talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Curtis McClinton talks about moving to Poteau, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Curtis McClinton describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Poteau, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Curtis McClinton talks about racism in Poteau, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Curtis McClinton shares his school experiences in Poteau, Oklahona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Curtis McClinton describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Curtis McClinton describes his personality as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Curtis McClinton remembers his favorite activities as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Curtis McClinton recalls attending Manuel Training High School in Poteau, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Curtis McClinton shares his experiences at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Curtis McClinton describes his social life at Langston University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Curtis McClinton talks about becoming a teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Curtis McClinton talks about meeting his wife and starting a family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Curtis McClinton talks about opening a store in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Curtis McClinton recalls entering politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Curtis McClinton talks about his leadership in the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Curtis McClinton describes his preparation for entering the state legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Curtis McClinton describes being elected as a state representative in Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Curtis McClinton talks about writing civil rights legislation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Curtis McClinton describes how his civil rights bill addressed segregation in Kansas during the 1950s but was ineffective
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Curtis McClinton recalls the highlights of his career in the Kansas State legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Curtis McClinton describes running for the Kansas State Senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Curtis McClinton talks about the low pay of the Kansas House of Representatives during the 1950s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Curtis McClinton talks about the low pay of the Kansas House of Representatives during the 1950s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Curtis McClinton describes his Kansas Senate career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Curtis McClinton talks about his son's football career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Curtis McClinton talks about his son's football career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Curtis McClinton talks about playing the saxophone
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Curtis McClinton reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Curtis McClinton describes his argument in favor of civil rights legislation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Curtis McClinton describes his argument in favor of civil rights legislation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Curtis McClinton describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Curtis McClinton narrates his photographs