Xernona Clayton
Xernona Clayton

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Name: Xernona Clayton
Occupation: Civil Rights Leader
Gender: Female
Birth Day: August 30, 1930
Age: 92
Birth Place: Muskogee, United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Xernona Clayton

Xernona Clayton was born on August 30, 1930 in Muskogee, United States (92 years old). Xernona Clayton is a Civil Rights Leader, zodiac sign: Virgo. Find out Xernona Claytonnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

African-American civil rights leader who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. as a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 60's. In 1967, she began hosting The Xernona Clayton Show, making her the first Southern African-American to host a prime time talk show.


The Xernona Clayton Barbie doll was created in her honor by Mattel in 2004.

Net Worth

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Salary 2020

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Before Fame

She was a Music major at Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial College.

Biography Timeline


Xernona and her twin sister Xenobia were born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the daughters of Reverend James and Elliott (Lillie) Brewster. Her parents were administrators of Indian affairs in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1952, Clayton earned her undergraduate degree with honors from Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial College in Nashville, Tennessee. She majored in music and minored in education. At TSU, Clayton became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is a Baptist. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Chicago.


Clayton began her career in the Civil Rights Movement with the National Urban League in Chicago, working undercover to investigate racial discrimination committed by employers against African Americans. Clayton moved to Atlanta in 1965, where she organized events for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), under the direction of Martin Luther King Jr. She developed a deep friendship with Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King. Clayton and Scott King traveled together on concert tours. Although Clayton did not march with King, citing a fear of being arrested, Clayton helped plan King's marches.


In 1966, Clayton coordinated the Doctors' Committee for Implementation, a group of African American physicians who worked for and achieved the desegregation of all Atlanta hospitals. The Doctors' Committee served as a model for nationwide hospital desegregation, and was honored by the National Medical Association.

Clayton was married to Ed Clayton (who also worked with Dr. King) from 1957 until his death in 1966. She co-authored a revised edition of her late husband's biography of Martin Luther King Jr. that is entitled, The Peaceful Warrior.


In 1967, Clayton became the first Southern African American to host a daily prime time talk show. The show was broadcast on WAGA-TV in Atlanta and was renamed, The Xernona Clayton Show. Clayton joined Turner Broadcasting in 1979 as a producer of documentary specials. In the 1980s, she served as director of public relations for Turner Broadcasting. In 1988, Turner Broadcasting promoted Clayton to corporate vice president for urban affairs, assigning her to direct Turner projects and serve as a liaison between Turner Broadcasting and civic groups in Atlanta and throughout the country. Clayton retired from Turner Broadcasting in 1997, choosing to call the retirement a "professional transition".


Clayton then headed the Atlanta Model Cities program, a federally funded group dedicated to improving the quality of desegregated neighborhoods. Clayton met Calvin Craig, the Grand Dragon of the Georgia Ku Klux Klan, through the Model Cities program, as Craig served in a policy position with the organization. Craig cited Clayton's influence when he decided to denounce the Klan in April 1968.


Following her first husband's death, Clayton married Paul L. Brady, the first African American to be appointed as a Federal Administrative Law Judge, in 1974. Brady and Clayton have two children from Brady's previous marriage, Laura and Paul Jr.


Clayton serves on the board of directors of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. She served on the Board of Review for the state of Georgia's Department of Labor. In 1991, she published an autobiography, I've Been Marching All The Time, a title inspired by King. The book focused on her life and her views of the Civil Rights Movement.


In 1993, Clayton, with Turner Broadcasting, created the Trumpet Awards to honor achievements of African Americans. She serves as the chair, president, and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation that was formed in late 2004. In early 2004, Clayton created the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.


TSU honored Clayton at their Blue and White All-Star Academy Awards in 2005. Clayton's footprints were added to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in 2006. On May 1, 2011, Clayton received the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She received the Local Community Service Award from Spelman College in 2004.


In September 2011, the Atlanta City Council renamed a street and a plaza at Hardy Ivy Park in downtown Atlanta in Clayton's honor. In conjunction with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the AFC Enterprises Foundation awards an annual Xernona Clayton Black Press Scholarship amounting to $10,000 to a student pursuing a doctoral degree in journalism. The Mattel Toy Company created a "Xernona Clayton Barbie" doll in her honor in 2004.

Family Life

Xernona was married to fellow civil rights activist Ed Clayton from 1957 until his death in 1966. Xernona later married judge Paul L. Brady.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Xernona Clayton is 92 years, 5 months and 0 days old. Xernona Clayton will celebrate 93rd birthday on a Wednesday 30th of August 2023. Below we countdown to Xernona Clayton upcoming birthday.


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87th birthday - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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84th birthday - Saturday, August 30, 2014

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82nd birthday - Thursday, August 30, 2012

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80th birthday - Monday, August 30, 2010

Xernona Clayton Celebrates 80 with Festive Birthday Bash - Los Angeles Sentinel

Xernona Clayton (Courtesy of Black Voice News, Riverside, Calif.) By Joe C. HopkinsPublisher, Pasadena SGV Journal News Xernona Clayton, the founder of the Trumpet Awards and Civil Rights Walk of Fame celebrated her 80th birthday in the grand style that she is accustomed to and deserving of.

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