As a long-time business owner-operator, radio personality, former educator in the public and private sector, civil rights leader/activist and past elected board-member of her school district, she has utilized all of her gifts and talents to serve as a vocal advocate for African American progress and empowerment in her own and surrounding neighborhoods and continues to exercise that vigor about the things that matter most, by letting her voice be heard.
Through her newspaper publication, The People's Voice Weekly News, which she published between July, 2005 and February, 2009, she skillfully exploited the "power of her pen" to stir the conscience of her community through her controversial weekly column "Sober Thoughts."
In short, Charlotte Clark-Frieson is not only a thinker but also she is a doer. She believes that in order to be effective, we must be able to transform thoughts into action... While others are thinking, she is moving, acting, responding, engaging. She is one who has not been afraid to take risks to stand up for what she believes in. She is one who speaks her mind -- IF IT KILLS HER. She has been a strong warrior in her community, and -- in one way or another -- continues to touch the hearts and minds of everyone she encounters.
Aging gracefully, she has now settled in, taking time to capture the essence of all that time and space have allowed her senses to behold, through her own unique creative process.
Charlotte loves to describe herself as "Wilkie Clark's Daughter" -- more appropriately "Wilkie and Hattie Lee Clark's Daughter."
Now in her late 50s, Her GREATEST desire is to devote the remainder of her natural life to carrying the message of the gospel by way of the divine lessons learned through the compelling life stories of her father and other dynamic black achievers in her community.
Entering her 50th year of life, she began to work toward her dream to devote the remainder of her life to exploring the one area of expertise wherein she believes God gifted her, and that is writing. She believes that most of today's black youth tend to show an callous lack of regard for or understanding of the civil rights struggles of African-Americans, resulting in a lack direction and purpose, thus she would like to write books to inspire them to future greatness.
Ms. Clark-Frieson is a christian, and has thoroughly enjoyed worshiping in a variety of settings. She has friends who profess many faiths, and therefore, does not desire to appear to be prejudiced to any particular faith.
She has been active in the Civil Rights arena, having actively worked with NAACP, and the A.D.C. the Black Political Caucus of Alabama. In addition, in the 1980's she served on the Executive Board of the Alabama State Conference of NAACP Branches. In 1988 after 20 years of periodic disputes over racial issues in the School system in her native Randolph County, she was elected to a seat on the Randolph County Board of Education following a Federal Court order mandating the School District to convert its method of electing officials from "at large" to "single-member districts."
Ms. Clark-Frieson previously served 4 terms -- more than sixteen years as a member of the Randolph County Board Of Education. As a result of the 1994 Randolph County School Controversy, she became the subject of newspaper commentary, appeared as a guest on several syndicated Radio Talk Shows, the Geraldo Show, and was featured in the May, 1995 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.
One of her proudest achievements was the February 2005 launch of Chief Cook & Bottle-Washer, The Unconquerable Soul Of Wilkie Clark, at which time, the Wilkie Clark Memorial Foundation was also launched. Since that time, the dynamic board members of The Wilkie Clark Memorial Foundation, Incorporated have undertaken many projects to promote and get the word out about the work they are trying to do.
As an outgrowth of The Wilkie Clark Memorial Foundation, in August of 2005, The Clark Memorial Foundation launched "The People's Voice," which was East Alabama/West Georgia's only black weekly newspaper, in hopes that it would become the new voice of the Southeast. The paper was launched in an effort to give "voice" to the many persistent and disturbing black conditions that exist throughout East Alabama and West Georgia. For more than four years, Charlotte was the driving force behind The People's Voice, published weekly by the Wilkie Clark Memorial Foundation.