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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Clyde Martin

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Regional sales manager Clyde Martin was born on September 28, 1936 in Bolivar County, Mississippi. Martin attended school at the White Star Missionary Baptist Church and later graduated from Cleveland (Mississippi) Colored Consolidated High School in 1955. An honor student, but an activist too, young Martin led a student strike for more relevant curriculum. Living in Chicago in 1956, Martin was hired by Jay's Potato Chips as the first black route salesman. He determined that he could sell more of Jay's five cents bags which made him consistently the top salesman during the 1960s and 1970s. He made assistant regional sales manager in 1967 and was the first African American to rise to regional sales manager in 1973. Martin fought racism and made sure that Jay's hired other African Americans as drivers and salesmen. In 1978, Martin became an inspector for the Internal Affairs Division of Cook County, Illinois Sheriff's Department.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
89 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Clyde Martin
Clyde Martin
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2003 December 10.
Description
1 online resource (3 video files (1 hr., 28 min., 50 sec.)) : sound, color
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