Clarissa Scott Delany

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Clarissa Scott Delany, nee Clarissa Mae Scott (1901-1927) was an African-American poet, essayist, educator and social worker associated with the Harlem Renaissance.[1]


Clarissa Mae Scott was the daughter of Emmett Jay Scott, secretary to Booker T. Washington, and Elenor Baker Scott. She was born and grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama, and educated at Bradford Academy and Wellesley College, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1923. After travelling in France and Germany, she taught for three years at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.. While in Washington she attended Georgia Douglas Johnson's literary salon, the Saturday Nighters Club.[2]

In 1926 Scott married the attorney Hubert T. Delany, and they moved to New York City. She worked as a social worker, collecting statistics for a study of delinquency and neglect of black children in New York City. In 1927 she died of kidney disease.[2]





  1. ^ Eleanor Dore, Clarissa M. Scott Delany (1901-1927), Accessed 21 May 2013
  2. ^ a b Henry Louis Gates; Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham (2009). Harlem Renaissance Lives: From the African American National Biography. Oxford University Press. pp. 154–6. ISBN 978-0-19-538795-7. Retrieved 21 May 2013.