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Sun, 12.06.1874

Emma C. Clement born

*Emma Clarissa Clement was born on this date in 1874. She was an African American theological educator.

Emma Clarissa Williams was born in Providence, RI. She was a graduate of Livingston College and she later married George C. Clement, Bishop, and AME Zion Church.  She was named American Mother-of-the-Year on May 1, 1946, she was the first Black woman so honored. As the granddaughter of a slave, Clement accepted the award "in the name of million of Negroes in the United States and in the name of all mothers."

Clement lived in Louisville, KY., and was a liftime partner with ministry of her husband. At the age of 71 she got the recognition for the honor by the Golden Rule Foundation. Clement, was the mother of Rufus E. Clement, late President of Atlanta University and Ruth E. Clement Bond and five other children. All of her children graduated from Livingston College.

Also Emma C. Clement Elementary School in Atlanta is named after her. Emma Clement died in 1952.

Reference:
The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians,
by A. A. Dunnigan; and "News from our file: fifty years ago,"
Marysville Journal-Tribune, 05/02/1996, p. 4.

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