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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Make A Difference In The World In A Positive Way.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1960
Birth Location:
Swinden,

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Make A Difference In The World In A Positive Way.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1960
Birth Location:
Swinden
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Biography

Public relations chief executive Priscilla Clarke was born on August 3, 1960 in Swindon, England to Dorothy Sharples, a white Englishwoman, and Gilbert Clarke, an African American stationed in the United Kingdom. The family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts when she was an infant. Her parents divorced when she was six, and Clarke split her time between their homes in Springfield, Massachusetts and Windsor, Connecticut, graduating from Windsor High School in 1978. Clarke attended Western New England College, where she majored in political science, but left school to give birth to her first daughter.

Clarke moved to Maryland, where she owned and managed a health food store in Gaithersburg, Maryland from 1988 to 2001. After selling the store, she embarked on a career in television production, taking classes at Fairfax Public Access (FPA) in Fairfax, Virginia to become a certified television producer. In the course of job hunting, she met the producers of Def Comedy Jam and began handling the merchandising for the comedy shows. She discovered that she enjoyed doing publicity and enrolled at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland to study communications and business.

In 2003, she launched Clarke & Associates in Washington, D.C., where she is currently the president and CEO. Specializing in public relations, event planning, entertainment and media relations, Clarke’s clients have included Black Entertainment Television (BET), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the National Medical Association, the National Council of Negro Women, the Urban League, Boys and Girls Club of America, and Tuskegee Institute. Shaquille O’Neal, Beyonce Knowles, the late Johnny Cochran and Robert Townsend are among her celebrity clients. In 2003, Clarke was named one of the “Fifty Influential Minorities in Business” by the Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc. In 2006, Clarke received the Black Press All-Star Award for Publicist of the Year.

Clarke is the mother of three children, Huda, Ilyas, and Qasin Mumin.

Clarke was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 10, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Priscilla Clarke lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Priscilla Clarke talks about her mother's childhood and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Priscilla Clarke talks about her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Priscilla Clarke describes her father and his occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Priscilla Clarke talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Priscilla Clarke describes her parents' move from England to Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Priscilla Clarke shares her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Priscilla Clarke talks about when her parents got married and her schools in Buffalo, New York and Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Priscilla Clarke describes her neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts and the fire that destroyed the family home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Priscilla Clarke describes what type of student she was in elementary and junior high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Priscilla Clarke talks about her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Priscilla Clarke recalls her training as a martial arts champion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Priscilla Clarke reflects on the discipline learned through her studies and through martial arts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Priscilla Clarke recalls the racial makeup of her junior high schools and busing in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Priscilla Clarke remembers her childhood family activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Priscilla Clarke describes her experience at Windsor High School in Windsor, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Priscilla Clarke recalls her career aspirations at Windsor High School in Windsor, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Priscilla Clarke talks about how she never travelled to England
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Priscilla Clarke recalls the jobs she had from age twelve through high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Priscilla Clarke recalls the racism she experienced in elementary and junior high school in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Priscilla Clarke talks about her experience with racism at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Priscilla Clarke describes her political activism while attending Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Priscilla Clarke talks about the birth of her first daughter and the beginning of her entrepreneurial career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Priscilla Clarke recalls moving to Maryland and opening her health food store in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Priscilla Clarke talks about teaching her daughter about business and the success of her health food store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Priscilla Clarke recalls the tragedies that led her to change careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Priscilla Clarke describes becoming a certified cable access producer and applying to work at BET
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Priscilla Clarke describes her experience with Def Comedy Jam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Priscilla Clarke recalls returning to school and the beginning of her public relations career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Priscilla Clarke recalls handling public relations for Johnnie Cochran's visit to Washington, D.C. after the O.J. Simpson trial
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Priscilla Clarke talks about maintaining a balance of clients at Clarke & Associates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Priscilla Clarke talks about her range of public relations services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Priscilla Clarke talks about Clarke & Associates' political clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Priscilla Clarke talks about Clarke & Associates' corporate clients and working with Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Priscilla Clarke describes her work with Beyonce and House of Dereon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Priscilla Clarke talks about the golf tournaments organized by Clarke & Associates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Priscilla Clarke talks about Clarke & Associates' well-known clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Priscilla Clarke describes Clarke & Associates' current music and comedy clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Priscilla Clarke talks about Clarke & Associates' cause-driven work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Priscilla Clarke reflects on her life and career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Priscilla Clarke shares her hope for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Priscilla Clarke shares her regrets
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Priscilla Clarke describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Priscilla Clarke describes how she would like to be remembered