Clement G. Morgan


Clement G. Morgan (1859-1929) was born to slave parents who, upon emancipation, moved to Washington D.C., where he went went to high school and learned the barber’s trade. After teaching in black schools in St. Louis for four years, he moved to Boston in 1883, and spent two years at Boston Latin School, graduating with high honors. Using scholarship money, as well as funds raised raised as a barber, he then went to Harvard where, just before graduating in 1890, he became the first Black student to be elected as class orator, winning by a single vote. He then attended Harvard Law School, becoming the first Black man to hold degrees from both Harvard College and Harvard Law. While running his own law practice, he served on the Cambridge Common Council in 1895 and 1896, and on the Cambridge Board of Aldermen in 1898 and 1899. In 1905, he became a founding member of the Niagra Movement, a predecessor of the NAACP co-founded by his Harvard classmate W.E.B. DuBois, and ran its Massachusetts branch. He died June 1, 1929 in Cambridge.