|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives|
from the 69th district
|Assumed office |
|Born||July 3, 1939|
Yazoo City, Mississippi, U.S.
Clarke was born on July 3, 1939, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She received a bachelors degree from Alcorn State University and a masters degree from Tuskegee Institute. She also attended Jackson State University and Mississippi College. Prior running for office, Clarke worked in education, teaching home economics. She also worked as a nutritionist at a community health center in Hinds County. She married L.W. Clarke Jr and they had one child, Demarquis Johntrell.
Clarke was first elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives for the 69th district in 1984. She was the first black woman elected to the Mississippi Legislature. She worked on bringing the federal Women, Infants and Children food program to the state, setting up drug courts and organizing school breakfasts. In the 1990s, she founded a short-lived "biracial, bipartisan" Women's Caucus in the Mississippi House.
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