Representative James Clyburn, the highest ranking African-American in Congress, will visit Jacksonville on July 13 for a reception honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Copies of his new memoir, “Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black,” will be available for purchase and autograph.
The reception, hosted by Mayor Alvin Brown and Rep. Corrine Brown, will be held Sunday, July 13, at 4 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis St. Rep. Clyburn’s book recounts his humble beginnings in rural South Carolina and his early involvement in civil rights and public service.
He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old, and he worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In that role, he organized many civil rights marches and demonstrations. He even met his wife, Emily, in jail during one of his many incarcerations
for non-violent protests.
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