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King Collection: Oral History - Xernona Clayton
King Collection: Oral History - Xernona Clayton
Published: 2016/04/07
Channel: MorehouseCollege
Xernona Clayton
Xernona Clayton
Published: 2014/05/10
Channel: EonTV1
Xernona Clayton fathers lessons
Xernona Clayton fathers lessons
Published: 2014/01/23
Channel: IAMTALLBOY
Xernona Clayton Birthday Entrance
Xernona Clayton Birthday Entrance
Published: 2011/01/13
Channel: American Technologies
Xernona Clayton 85 and strong mentally
Xernona Clayton 85 and strong mentally
Published: 2015/09/05
Channel: Stephen Oluwatobi
Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton Exclusive Interview
Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton Exclusive Interview
Published: 2015/02/14
Channel: Darryle Whitman
Xernona Clayton explains why she worked for Ted Turner
Xernona Clayton explains why she worked for Ted Turner
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: IAMTALLBOY
Xernona Clayton "Stop Complaining & Do Something" how the Trumpet Awards were created
Xernona Clayton "Stop Complaining & Do Something" how the Trumpet Awards were created
Published: 2014/01/27
Channel: IAMTALLBOY
Xernona Clayton Explains How She Broke The Color Barrier & Got On TV As The First In The South
Xernona Clayton Explains How She Broke The Color Barrier & Got On TV As The First In The South
Published: 2014/01/21
Channel: IAMTALLBOY
Xernona Clayton The Pioneer Award
Xernona Clayton The Pioneer Award
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: rhonda wilkins
Xernona Clayton "I Realized I Was Black In America & Had To Do Something"
Xernona Clayton "I Realized I Was Black In America & Had To Do Something"
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: IAMTALLBOY
Xernona Clayton interviewed by Herbert Dennard
Xernona Clayton interviewed by Herbert Dennard
Published: 2008/01/25
Channel: Herbert Dennard
Day 27: Invitation Resolution, Xernona Clayton
Day 27: Invitation Resolution, Xernona Clayton
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: Georgia House of Representatives
Xernona Clayton Way Reveal
Xernona Clayton Way Reveal
Published: 2011/09/20
Channel: V-103 Atlanta
Sept. 4, 2012 - Xernona Clayton Civil Rights
Sept. 4, 2012 - Xernona Clayton Civil Rights
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: TourismTodayBahamas
Xernona Clayton Trumpet Awards Red Carpet
Xernona Clayton Trumpet Awards Red Carpet
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: Houston Style Magazine
The RCMS: Awarded Sweet Time With Legendary Xernona Clayton
The RCMS: Awarded Sweet Time With Legendary Xernona Clayton
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: V-103 Atlanta
Xernona Clayton shares her first encounter and relationship with Dr. King
Xernona Clayton shares her first encounter and relationship with Dr. King
Published: 2014/01/20
Channel: IAMTALLBOY
Xernona Clayton interview for Voices Across the Color Line Oral History Project
Xernona Clayton interview for Voices Across the Color Line Oral History Project
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: Atlanta History Center
Xernona Clayton speaks at the 19th Annual Trumpet Awards Prayer Breakfast 1-27-2011
Xernona Clayton speaks at the 19th Annual Trumpet Awards Prayer Breakfast 1-27-2011
Published: 2011/01/31
Channel: Ladee Storem
Xernona Clayton Interviewed by Tammy J
Xernona Clayton Interviewed by Tammy J
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: Angelo Omar Muhammad
2012 Hall of Fame - Xernona Clayton
2012 Hall of Fame - Xernona Clayton
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: AtlantaPressClub
2013 Trumpet Awards Featuring - Xernona Clayton, President & CEO.dv
2013 Trumpet Awards Featuring - Xernona Clayton, President & CEO.dv
Published: 2013/02/07
Channel: DDCPCOMMUNICATIONS
Xernona Clayton shares a moment of her time
Xernona Clayton shares a moment of her time
Published: 2009/02/19
Channel: Tall Boy
Xernona Clayton
Xernona Clayton
Published: 2014/01/27
Channel: ROUGHERTV
Xernona Clayton says Coretta Scott King received her identity after the death of MLK
Xernona Clayton says Coretta Scott King received her identity after the death of MLK
Published: 2014/01/27
Channel: IAMTALLBOY
Sep 3 2012 - Xernona Clayton birthday
Sep 3 2012 - Xernona Clayton birthday
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: TourismTodayBahamas
Who is Xernona Clayton?
Who is Xernona Clayton?
Published: 2012/01/17
Channel: Doris Lee McCoy
Xernona Clayton
Xernona Clayton
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Jack Nelson
Xernona Clayton
Xernona Clayton
Published: 2016/12/20
Channel: Robert Nebel
Xernona Clayton 2012 Trumpet Awards
Xernona Clayton 2012 Trumpet Awards
Published: 2011/12/08
Channel: Dann S. Finklea
GAMFace eXclusive w Xernona Clayton
GAMFace eXclusive w Xernona Clayton
Published: 2011/12/11
Channel: gamfacemedia
Nacoleon Hillsman III interviews Xernona Clayton
Nacoleon Hillsman III interviews Xernona Clayton
Published: 2011/01/30
Channel: Noral News
AGLP
AGLP's exclusive interview with Xernona Clayton part 1 of 3
Published: 2009/12/19
Channel: agypsylife
Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton
Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton
Published: 2013/11/24
Channel: collegetalk365
Music Tribute to Xernona Clayton.mp4
Music Tribute to Xernona Clayton.mp4
Published: 2012/04/02
Channel: Jermaine Mondaine
XERNONA CLAYTON AND THE 2012 TRUMPET AWARDS
XERNONA CLAYTON AND THE 2012 TRUMPET AWARDS
Published: 2012/01/19
Channel: DDCPCOMMUNICATIONS
Clayton X-mad Present
Clayton X-mad Present
Published: 2016/12/25
Channel: Amy Rush
"Influencing Your World" Coming Up Next on Your World!
"Influencing Your World" Coming Up Next on Your World!
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: Creflo Dollar Ministries
Xernona Clayton being funny!
Xernona Clayton being funny!
Published: 2013/01/25
Channel: kandielady86
Xernona Clayton & Tracey Harris 2015 Trumpet Awards (Cearah Hamilton)
Xernona Clayton & Tracey Harris 2015 Trumpet Awards (Cearah Hamilton)
Published: 2015/08/21
Channel: Tracey Harris
Discussing Civic Responsibility & The Obama
Discussing Civic Responsibility & The Obama's | 2017 Trumpet Awards Red Carpet
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: faithinthebay
XERNONA Clayton - Brightcom ENTERTAINMENT
XERNONA Clayton - Brightcom ENTERTAINMENT
Published: 2009/10/28
Channel: Joshua Peltier
Renaming Baker Street to Honorary Xernona Clayton Way
Renaming Baker Street to Honorary Xernona Clayton Way
Published: 2011/09/21
Channel: Dann S. Finklea
Who is Xernona Clayton?
Who is Xernona Clayton?
Published: 2012/09/26
Channel: Doris Lee McCoy
Xernona Clayton Honoring Henry Friedman Holocaust Survivor
Xernona Clayton Honoring Henry Friedman Holocaust Survivor
Published: 2015/03/17
Channel: SAUN EDWARD
AGLP
AGLP's exclusive interview with Xernona Clayton part 3 of 3
Published: 2009/12/19
Channel: agypsylife
Ms. Xernona Clayton at the Muskogee Civic Center
Ms. Xernona Clayton at the Muskogee Civic Center
Published: 2014/02/08
Channel: oxfordavproductions
Ms Xernona Clayton Show Reel
Ms Xernona Clayton Show Reel
Published: 2013/09/05
Channel: rhonda wilkins
THE STEWART FOUNDATION WITH XERNONA CLAYTON
THE STEWART FOUNDATION WITH XERNONA CLAYTON
Published: 2010/03/22
Channel: Dann S. Finklea
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Xernona Clayton Brady
Born (1930-08-30) August 30, 1930 (age 86)
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Alma mater Tennessee State University
Occupation Broadcasting executive
Known for Civil rights activism
Spouse(s) Ed Clayton (deceased)
Paul L. Brady
Children 2

Xernona Clayton Brady (born August 30, 1930 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is an American civil rights leader and broadcasting executive. During the Civil Rights Movement, she worked for the National Urban League and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where she became involved in the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clayton then went into television, where she became the first African American from the southern United States to host a daily prime time talk show. She became corporate vice president for urban affairs for Turner Broadcasting.[1]

Clayton created the Trumpet Awards Foundation.[2] International Civil Rights Walk of Fame to honor the achievements of African Americans and civil rights advocates.[3] She convinced a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan to denounce the Klan.[4] Clayton has been honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the city of Atlanta for her work.

Biography[edit]

Xernona and her twin sister Xenobia were the daughters of Reverend James and Elliott (Lillie) Brewster. Her parents were administrators of Indian affairs in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1952, Clayton earned her undergraduate degree with honors from Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial College in Nashville, Tennessee. She majored in music and minored in education.[5] At TSU, Clayton became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[6] She is a Baptist.[7] She pursued graduate studies at the University of Chicago.

Career[edit]

Clayton began her career in the Civil Rights Movement with the National Urban League in Chicago, working undercover to investigate racial discrimination committed by employers against African Americans.[8] Clayton moved to Atlanta in 1965, where she organized events for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), under the direction of Martin Luther King. She developed a deep friendship with Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King.[8] Clayton and Scott King traveled together on concert tours. Though Clayton did not march with King, citing a fear of being arrested, Clayton helped plan King's marches.[5]

In 1966, Clayton coordinated the Doctors' Committee for Implementation, a group of African American doctors who worked for and achieved the desegregation of all Atlanta hospitals. The Doctors' Committee served as a model for nationwide hospital desegregation, and was honored by the National Medical Association.[6][9]

Clayton then headed the Atlanta Model Cities program, a federally funded group dedicated to improving the quality of desegregated neighborhoods. Clayton met Calvin Craig, the Grand Dragon of the Georgia Ku Klux Klan, through the Model Cities program, as Craig served in a policy position with the organization. Craig cited Clayton's influence when he decided to denounce the Klan in April 1968.[7]

In 1967, Clayton became the first Southern African American to host a daily prime time talk show.[8] The show was broadcast on WAGA-TV in Atlanta and was renamed The Xernona Clayton Show.[8] Clayton joined Turner Broadcasting in 1979 as a documentary specials producer.[10] In the 1980s, she served as director of public relations for Turner Broadcasting.[11] In 1988, Turner Broadcasting promoted Clayton to corporate vice president for urban affairs, assigning her to direct Turner projects and serve as a liaison between Turner Broadcasting and civic groups in Atlanta and throughout the country.[6] Clayton retired from Turner Broadcasting in 1997, choosing to term it a "professional transition".[10]

Clayton serves on the board of directors of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.[8] She served on the Board of Review for the state of Georgia's Department of Labor.[11] In 1991, she published an autobiography, I've Been Marching All The Time, a title inspired by King.[5] The book focused on her life and her views of the Civil Rights Movement.[12]

In 1993, Clayton, with Turner Broadcasting, created the Trumpet Awards to honor achievements of African Americans.[6][13] She serves as the Chair, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation which was formed in late 2004.[6][14] In early 2004, Clayton created the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.[15]

Personal[edit]

She was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the pastor.[6]

Clayton was married to Ed Clayton (who also worked with Dr. King)[6] from 1957 until his death in 1966.

Following her first husband's death, she remarried to Paul L. Brady, the first African American to be appointed as a Federal Administrative Law Judge,[16] in 1974.[12] Brady and Clayton have two children from Brady's previous marriage:[13] Laura and Paul Jr.

Clayton also co-authored a revised edition of her late husband's biography of Martin Luther King Jr. called The Peaceful Warrior'.'

Honors[edit]

TSU honored Clayton at their Blue and White All-Star Academy Awards in 2005.[5] Clayton's footprints were added to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in 2006.[9] On May 1, 2011, Clayton received the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).[17] She received the Local Community Service Award from Spelman College in 2004.[18]

In September 2011, the Atlanta City Council renamed a street and park plaza at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Baker Street in downtown Atlanta in Clayton's honor.[19] The AFC Enterprises Foundation, in conjunction with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, award an annual Xernona Clayton Black Press Scholarship to a student pursuing a doctoral degree in journalism in the amount of $10,000.[20] The Mattel Toy Company created a "Xernona Clayton Barbie" doll in her honor in 2004.[5]

Xernona has been honored worldwide for her contributions to humanity, which includes: Bronze Women of the Year for Human Relations, 1969; Communications Woman of Achievement Award The Atlanta Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, 1984-85; Superior Television Programming Award Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, 1971; Named one of Georgia's Most Influential Women 1984; Black Georgian of the Year 1984; Included in Leadership Atlanta, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 1971; Woman of the Year Award, Bethune-Tubman, Chicago, 1985; Named Woman of the Year by Black Women Hall of Fame foundation, 1985; The Kizzy Award 1979; Humanitarian Award, Hillside International Truth Center, 1986; First Black women to receive The Trailblazer Award by the Greater Atlanta Club Business and Professional Woman; Named one of the nation's Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women Dollars and Sense Magazine, 1985;' One of Seven Atlanta honorees for Black Achievers Award by the Equitable, 1986; Inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by the YWCA, 1986; Communications Award by the OIC's of America, 1986; American Spirit Award by the United States Air Force Recruiting Service, 1987; President's Award by the National Conference of Mayors, 1983[21]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Clayton, Xernona; Gulliver, Hal (1991). I've Been Marching All The Time. Longview. ISBN 0929264878. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Monica (March 1987). "Atlanta's First TV Host Blazes Trails for Blacks in Media". Taking Care of Business/Southern Exposure. 
  2. ^ "The Trumpet Awards". Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "International Civil Rights Walk of Fame". Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Peterson, Maurice (March 25, 2016). "Essence Woman: Xernona Clayton". 
  5. ^ a b c d e Malone, Janice (July 28, 2005). "TSU To Honor Media Pioneer Xernona Clayton". The Tennessee Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2013.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Monday, December 10, 2012 9:35 am (2012-12-10). "Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton to keynote MLK Kick Off – St. Louis American: Local News". Stlamerican.com. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  7. ^ a b ROBERT McG. THOMAS Jr (April 24, 1998). "Calvin F. Craig, 64, Enigma In Klan and Civil Rights Work – New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "The Savannah Tribune Salutes Black History Month | www.savannahtribune.com". Savannah Tribune. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Xernona Clayton, Feted with a 75th Birthday Party Fit For A Queen". The Tennessee Tribune. September 22, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2013.  (subscription required)
  10. ^ a b "Xernona Clayton makes 'professional transition'; honored with gala tribute and toast in Atlanta". Jet. November 24, 1997. Retrieved January 2, 2013.  (subscription required)
  11. ^ a b The Albany Herald – Google News Archive Search
  12. ^ a b "NewsBank for AJC | www.ajc.com". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  13. ^ a b Published: December 12, 1999 (1999-12-12). "WEDDINGS; Paul Sullivan and Laura Brady – New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  14. ^ Crider, Mary L. (2012-12-25). "Marshals Museum fundraising passes $10M mark". SFGate. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  15. ^ The Tuscaloosa News – Google News Archive Search
  16. ^ "Press Release 97-2, Judge Paul L. Brady Retires From Job Safety Commission". Oshrc.gov. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  17. ^ "The Pasadena / San Gabrial Valley Journal News – Xernona Clayton Receives NAACP Honor :: African American News from your Black Newspapers The Pasadena / San Gabrial Valley Journal ::". Pasadenajournal.com. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  18. ^ "Spelman honors Xernona Clayton". Jet. September 13, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2013.  (subscription required)
  19. ^ "Atlanta Honors Xernona Clayton With a Street and Park Plaza Designation | www.savannahtribune.com". Savannah Tribune. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  20. ^ "The AFC Foundation awards $10,000 NNPA Scholarship in honor of media pioneer Xernona Clayton". Chicago Defender. June 14, 2000. Retrieved January 2, 2013.  (subscription required)
  21. ^ "Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.". Biological Sketch of Xernona Clayton. June 1987. 

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