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Xernona Clayton, Civil Rights Leader, To Speak With Tampa Police Leadership

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On Thursday, August 24, 2024, Xernona Clayton will be visiting the Tampa Police Department and speaking with Tampa Police leaders to share her experiences and insights gained during the Civil Rights Movement. Ms. Clayton worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and traveled extensively with Coretta Scott King on her nationwide tours. Ms. Clayton’s dedication to the community is reflected in the many hours she spends promoting human relations through groups devoted to improving racial understanding. The City of Atlanta recognized Ms. Clayton’s lifetime of service with a street and plaza named in her honor, as well as the unveiling of her statute this year.

Ms. Clayton will meet personally with Mayor Jane Castor and Chief Lee Bercaw, prior to speaking before the Tampa City Council at 9:00 a.m. She will then head to Tampa Police Headquarters to meet with the department’s Command Staff.

“It is an honor to have Ms. Clayton in our city today,” said Mayor Castor. “We are inspired by her accomplishments and look forward to hearing her insights as we continue to ensure equality and justice in our community.” 

Chief Bercaw is excited to hear Ms. Clayton’s unique perspective and said, “We are honored to have Ms. Clayton speak with our Command Staff. Her experience and insight into the Civil Rights Movement will provide our current and future leaders with invaluable knowledge that will help shape our department for years to come.” 

Ms. Clayton’s visit is expected to be an educational and inspirational event for all those in attendance, providing a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most important figures of the Civil Rights Movement.