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Xernona Clayton interview

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Creator:Clayton, Xernona, 1930-
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:Xernona Clayton interview
Date:2005 Sept. 16

In this interview, Xernona Clayton discusses her upbringing in Muskogee, Oklahoma; the influence her father had on her perception of being black; and her school teachers as important parts of her growth. She discusses her work in Atlanta, Georgia, during the Civil Rights Movement and her relationship with the Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon in Atlanta, which is her hallmark for directly confronting bigotry and racism. Clayton ends the interview describing how she drove Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the airport for his flight to Memphis, Tennessee.

Xernona Clayton was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and attended college at Tennessee State in Nashville, Tennessee. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1960 and worked for a federally funded program called the Model Cities Program.

Local identification number: VIS 180.004.001

Types:Oral histories | Moving images | MovingImage
Subjects:Clayton, Xernona, 1930- | Craig, Calvin | Allen, Ivan, 1911-2003 | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | African Americans--Suffrage | Education | Religion | Ku Klux Klan (19th cent.) | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574 | Moscogee (Okla.) | Texas | Nashville (Tenn.)
Collection:Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006
Institution:Atlanta History Center
Contributors:Atlanta History Center
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MSS 990, Voices Across the Color Line oral history transcriptions, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

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