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ALMA CLARK

DWIF Member

Alma Clark was an active member of the Denton Women’s interracial Fellowship (DWIF) early on through to its informal end. She first heard of the Fellowship through her church, St. James AME Church. She had three young children entering school at the time of integration, and like many women of the Fellowship wanted to ease the public-school desegregation process for her children.


Alma was raised primarily by her aunt, completing tenth grade in Lampasas, then moving to Austin where she finished the eleventh and twelfth grades. Afterwards she did domestic work in the Austin area before meeting her husband William “Willie” Clark, a Denton native whose childhood family had been forcibly relocated in the 1920s from the thriving Quakertown African American community, to Southeast Denton. Alma remained active in the Denton community throughout her life, volunteering at the Denton County Office of History and Culture, appearing as honored guest at the Denton County African American Museum, and recording oral histories to preserve DWIF history.