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Clement, Rufus E.

(born: 1900  -  died: 1967) 

Rufus E. Clement was born in Salisbury, NC; his family moved to Louisville, KY, when he was a small child. Clement would become the first dean of the Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (1931-1937) [subsumed by the University of Louisville], and later the longest serving president of Atlanta University (1937-1957 & 1966-1967). Clement was the author of many articles on Negro education, history, and politics as well as a published reviewer of current issues publications. In 1953, Clement was elected to the Atlanta Board of Education, making him the first African American to be elected to public office in Atlanta since Reconstruction, and the first on the city's education board. He was the son of Emma Clement and George Clement, Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Louisville. He was the brother of Ruth E. Clement Bond. Rufus E. Clement's records and papers are at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center. The Louisville Municipal College archives are at the University of Louisville Archives and Record Center. For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; [Dr. Rufus E. Clement] in the Statesville Daily Record newspaper, 05/15/1953; Worldwide Interesting People: 162 History Makers of African Decent, by G. L. Lee; and the video Rufus E. Clement and Horace M. Bond recorded in 1955 as part of the Chronscope Series by Columbia Broadcasting System.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Clement, Emma C. Williams
NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions
NKAA Source: Statesville daily record (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Worldwide interesting people: 162 history makers of African descent
NKAA Source: Rufus E. Clement and Horace M. Bond (videorecording)

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NKAA Entry:  Clement, Emma C. Williams
NKAA Entry:  Bond, Ruth E. Clement
NKAA Entry:  Louisville Municipal College for Negroes
NKAA Entry:  National Association of Teachers in Colored Schools, and Kentucky
NKAA Entry:  McPheeters, Alphonso A.

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