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Clarence A. BacoteĀ 

Who was Clarence A. Bacote?

Clarence A. Bacote was a political organizer who helped thousands of African Americans register to vote. A professor of political history at Atlanta University in the 1940s, Bacote was well aware of the many hurdles African Americans had to face in order to participate in the political process. As chair of the Atlanta All-Citizens Registration Committee, Bacote increased the number of black registered voters from 6,976 to 21,244 in six months.

Continue reading about Clarence A. Bacote in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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