by Danny Hooley
Source confirms former #Durham city councilman Howard Clement passed away this morning from a long-term illness.— Derrick Lewis (@DerrickQLewis) May 25, 2016
Clement's illness forced him to retire from the council on Dec. 2, 2013. At his final meeting, he was ceremoniously honored by other members for his thirty years of service.
He was there in July 1963 when activists helped to integrate Durham's Carolina Theatre during the civil rights movement.
He was there in August 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He was there in the late 1960s at the formation of Durham's influential Black Solidarity Committee for Community Improvement, an organization that once commandeered a selective buying campaign aimed at white businesses to pressure civil rights reforms.
He was there in April 1968 when Durham seethed with reactions, both violent and peaceful, to King's Memphis assassination.
He was there as a helping hand for organizations like the NAACP as well as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and more.And he was there upon his appointment to the City Council in May 1983, where he emerged of late as an outspoken advocate for a city-county government merger and public transit.
My heart is broken today upon learning of the passing of my friend, colleague, and "Durham father," Howard Clement. https://t.co/ZseudPnBOp— Mike Woodard (@MikeWoodard) May 25, 2016