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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with U. W. Clemon, July 17, 1974. Interview A-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Clemon's political history

Clemon offers a brief biography and describes his political involvement in his majority-black Alabama state senate district.

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Oral History Interview with U. W. Clemon, July 17, 1974. Interview A-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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U. W. CLEMON:
Yeah, I was born in Birmingham in 1943 and attended public schools here in Jefferson county and attended Morehouse College in Atlanta for a year and then graduated from Mills College here in Birmingham in 1965. I then went to Law School at Columbia University in New York and came back to Birmingham in the fall of '68 and started in the private practice of law. My activities really haven't been that political. I take it that. . . some of the early cases that I handled dealing with school desegregation, police brutality, the desegregation of the University of Alabama's football team, those type of things put me in more or less a political role. I first joined the young Democrats in Jefferson county in 1970 and was elected vice president. Other than that I've had no prior political office. I ran, unsuccessfully, for the Birmingham city council in the fall of 1973. It was a race for three positions on the city council. I came in fourth. And then in the early part of this year I became interested in a seat in the Alabama senate. I live in a district that is roughly 85% black. The most heavily populated black senate district in the state. And I declared for that position and had virtually no opposition and am now the Democratic nominee for the state senate from the 15th senate district in Alabama.
JACK BASS:
Is there Republican opposition?
U. W. CLEMON:
No, there is no Republican opposition.