Alyce Clarke

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Alyce Clarke
Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
from the 69th district
Assumed office
1985
Personal details
Born (1939-07-03) July 3, 1939 (age 83)
Yazoo City, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Alyce Griffin Clarke (born July 3, 1939) is an American politician. A Democrat, she is a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from the 69th district, being first elected in 1984.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] She married L.W. Clarke Jr and they had one child, Demarquis Johntrell.[1]

Political career[edit]

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.[3] She worked on bringing the federal Women, Infants and Children food program to the state, setting up drug courts and organizing school breakfasts.[2] In the 1990s, she founded a short-lived "biracial, bipartisan" Women's Caucus in the Mississippi House.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dolling, Yolanda, ed. (1991). Who's who of women in world politics (1st ed.). London: Bowker-Saur. p. 63. ISBN 0-86291-627-5. OCLC 24380132.
  2. ^ a b c d The Political Lives of Mississippi Women, in Black and White, by Ellen Ann Fentress; at Bitter Southerner; retrieved November 1, 2018
  3. ^ Eubanks, Katie. "The women who run our state". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved May 5, 2021.