Joined Dec 24 2009
The Ordinary People Society
I am Charlotte A. Clark-Frieson, of Roanoke, Randolph County, Alabama. I am retired and very much under-paid.
Professionally, I am a former public school teacher -- now retired by choice -- I got burned out because I had a tough job... All of my teaching years were devoted to working in the Georgia Public School System, and my last 6 years of teaching were devoted to teaching in a private-sector residential treatment facility for male child sex offenders. So, my years in education were spent with some of the roughest and toughest kids one can encounter. I also am a national board certified mortician. My famliy owns and operates Clark Memorial Funeral Service in Roanoke, Alabama.
In addition to my two main professions, I also founded and formerly published a print newspaper called The People's Voice Weekly News. We published this paper for 4 years. But, the Wall-Street Crash at the end of 2008, rendered us unable to continue printing this publication. .. Frankly, I was sort of glad, because I burned out from running the paper also. It was jut too much for a hand-full of folks to handle...
Too, I am a life-long civil rights fighter, having been involved with the N.A.A.C.P. since childhood. I had a father who was a staunch and tenacious and outspoken NAACP leader in my community for more than 40 years, dating back in the 1950's when I was a child. After he died, I ended up INHERITING his love and devotion to that organization, and served as it's president for about 12 years. I also am a former public elected official in my county, where I served on the County School Board for 18 years. This was a position that my dad (and others) sued to create in Randolph County during the push for single-member-districting in the 1980's-- lead by Alabama's black political powerhouse, Jerome A. Gray. So, I have a lot of history as a strong advocate.
Presently, I am just trying to chill out and enjoy doing much of nothing for a while -- because my life's been busy. I'm tired. Just need a rest... but it doesn't stop me from being interested in what's going on.
Lately, I have been working along with the Clay County Alabama new chapter of T.O.P.S. I helped them get their new website up and running. They are doing some awesome things in Clay County. They also have some very tough issues. Check out their site here.
My dad was such an audacious leader in my community, until I wrote his biography. It is entitled Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer, the Unconquerable Soul of Wilkie Clark. You ought to check it out. Also, you can find my bio site here!
By the way, I met Reverend Kenneth Glasgow some time ago, and found him to be an awesome individual. I am proud to know him and his wife, and family, and I think he's doing awesome things with T.O.P.S. Also, two thumbs up for your work last year in filing a successful lawsuit against Prisons in Alabama, and getting so many ExFelons registered to vote.