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John B. Clemmons, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Math Professor
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
Ask The Man That Won't Own One.

Birthplace

Born:
4/11/1912
Birth Location:
Rome, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Math Professor
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
Ask The Man That Won't Own One.

Birthplace

Born:
4/11/1912
Birth Location:
Rome
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Biography

College professor and scholar J.B. Clemmons was born John Benjamin Clemmons on April 11, 1912 to Lewis and Bessie Clemmons in Rome, Georgia. Clemmons graduated from high school in 1927 after completing only the tenth grade; African Americans were not allowed to go to eleventh or twelfth grade in Rome. In 1930, he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clemmons then enrolled in graduate studies at Atlanta University, obtaining his M.A. degree in 1937. He then moved to Harlan, Kentucky, where he began teaching for $100 a week and met and married Mozelle Daily. By 1942, Clemmons was the principal of the school in Harlan. In 1947, Clemmons and his wife moved to Savannah, Georgia. While his wife began her lifelong involvement in the NAACP, Clemmons taught at Savannah State College (now Savannah State University) alongside his colleague, Dr. Henry M. Collier, Jr. Together, they formed the Delta ETA Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In the summer of 1949, he worked as a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Clemmons then decided to continue his education by attending the University of Southern California to earn his Ph.D. He received Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation grants in 1951 and 1952, respectively. After working towards earning his Ph.D. at UCLA, Clemmons decided to return to Georgia, continued his teaching career and became involved in banking. He went on to charter the Alpha Lambda Boulé of the Sigma Pi Phi in Savannah in 1963.

Clemmons served as the Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Savannah State University for thirty-seven years. He received many honors over the years for his outstanding work and philanthropic efforts in the community. Clemmons served as Chairman of the Board for Carver State Bank in Savannah.

Clemmons passed away on June 13, 2012 at the age of 100.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes how his parents met
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his family's land in Rome, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. talks about his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his parents' professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers working at the Fairbanks Company in Rome, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his grade school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his experiences as a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. recalls the entrance examination at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers working on a tobacco farm in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his summer work experiences during college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his college education in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his thesis at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his position at Rosenwald High School in Harlan, Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his move to Cumberland, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. recalls being excused from U.S. military service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his Ph.D. program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. recalls joining the faculty off Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers his academic grants
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers Louis B. Toomer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his real estate investments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers the first computers at Georgia State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his position on the board of Carver State Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. recalls the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers founding the Alpha Lambda Boule
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes the Alpha Lambda Boule's scholarship program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. describes his loan program at Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. talks about his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers his induction to the Savannah Business Hall of Fame
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. remembers teaching drama at Savannah State College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. talks about his wife and children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John B. Clemmons, Sr. narrates his photographs