This Day in History: 1946-05-01

African American theological educator Emma Clarissa Williams is named American Mother-of-the-Year, the first Black woman to hold such an honor. Clement accepted the award “in the name of millions of Negroes in the United States and in the name of all mothers.” After her husbands death, Clement raised alone her four sons and three daughters, all of whom graduated college, four who became college professors, including her son Rufus E. Clement who served as president of Atlanta University. Learn more.