In 1867, Clark sued and won a school segregation case, preceding by 86 years the landmark 1954 Brown V. Board of Education Supreme Court decision!
Throughout his life, Clark worked to improve the status of blacks in Iowa. In 1855, he and 32 other blacks in Muscatine County petitioned the Iowa Legislature to repeal the law prohibiting "the immigration of free Negroes into this State." The plea was rejected. He is best remembered today for winning a lawsuit to against a segregated school.
In 1867, when the Muscatine school district said Clark's daughter, Susan, 12, couldn't attend the same public school that white students attended, he sued. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in his favor in 1868, saying that all children could attend a common school. Clark sued, preceding by 86 years the landmark 1954 ruling in a Topeka, Kan., case. The U.S. Supreme Court in Brown vs. the Topeka, Kan., Board of Education reversed the "separate but equal" education policy. Clark's lawsuit made Iowa one of the first states to integrate its public school systems. In 1869, a state convention appointed him a delegate to the Colored National Convention in Washington, D.C., where he had the opportunity to meet with President Grant. In 1873, Grant offered Clark an appointment as ambassador to Haiti, but Clark turned down the position because he felt the salary was too small.
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