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Clara Coleman


Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Clara Coleman

Ms. Clara Coleman, Legend

Ms. Clara Coleman has lived in Washington, DC for 67 years and has witnessed the city's evolution first-hand.  

She was born in Atlanta, GA in 1931. In 1945, she moved to DC, where she attended Asa Ware Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Junior High School, Dunbar High School, and Howard University. 

Throughout her life Ms. Coleman has been a role model and a leader for social change in her community. She marched for racial integration in the District in the 1960s, worked as the assistant director for the SEE Program (Senior Environmental Employment) at the Environmental Protection Agency, and mentored groups of elderly women.  

She has four children, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

In spring and fall 2013, Ms. Coleman served as a civil rights "Legend" to students at Friendship Charter School as part of Street Law's Closing the Gap initiative.


Want to get involved? Volunteers are needed for the spring 2014 session of Closing the Gap! Contact Janae Harrison for more information (