Alexander Clark Lecture March 3


In 1868, three years after the Civil War, 12-year-old Susan Clark of Muscatine, became the first African American child to attend a racially integrated school in the United States of America. It was the result of a lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court filed by her father, the great civil rights leader Alexander Clark.

Learn the fascinating story behind that historical occasion at a free event:

Alexander Clark Lecture

March 3, 7 p.m.
Muscatine Community College Student Center
152 Colorado St.
(NOTE: This lecture was originally scheduled for February 25 but has been rescheduled to March 3.)

That monumental decision is only one aspect of Alexander Clark’s civil rights leadership over nearly half a century. The lecture will examine his life-long civil rights advocacy from his Underground Railroad work and his opposition to Iowa’s racial exclusion laws.

Russell Lovell

Leading the discussion will be Drake Law School Professor Emeritus Russell Lovell. Lovell’s public service commitment includes 45 years of civil rights work for the NAACP, including service as lead counsel in cases that desegregated the Indiana State Police Department and the Des Moines Fire Department. Over the years he has received numerous Outstanding Public Service and Civil Rights Awards from the NAACP, and a wide range of honors from Iowa Legal Aid, the Black Ministerial Alliance and others.

The annual Alexander Clark Lecture is co-sponsored by the Alexander Clark Foundation, League of Women Voters of Muscatine County and Muscatine Community College.

For more information please contact the college at 563-288-6000.