• The "Mayor of Linden"

    Lovingly referred to as the “Mayor of Linden,” at 87 years old, Clarence Lumpkin is one of Ohio’s most well respected citizens.

    After serving in World War II, Mr. Lumpkin moved to Columbus, and with his activism and service, worked to alleviate poverty and economic decline in Linden, a neighborhood in southern Columbus.

    Described by his son Douglas as “grassroots,” Clarence spearheaded revitalization efforts in Columbus.

    He made sure that Linden was one of the first inner-city communities in America to have a streetlight on every corner, and worked with the city council to reduce drug crime in the city and provide jobs for young people.

    As a plaintiff in NAACP vs. The Board of Education in the 1950s, Mr. Lumpkin was also instrumental in desegregating the Columbus school system.

    Douglas continued his Father’s tradition of service to his community in many roles, most recently as the Director of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

    “When it came to community, Dad was authentic,” he told the Call & Post, a local newspaper.

    As a veteran, engaged citizen, and African American for Obama, Mr. Lumpkin knows how important it is for the African American community to re-elect President Obama and stay engaged in politics.

    "President Obama is a fair, honest, and just man. He is about helping the American people. Not just rich people, but middle income as well as low-income people. He’s concerned about jobs, the economy, and small businesses. And all of these things are beneficial nation-wide. Inner city as well as outer-city, so to speak.”

    Mr. Lumpkin is a testament to the power of good people in government, and implores everyone to get involved at a young age.

    “Most of the things I accomplished in the city of Columbus were due to politics or working with politicians, and I became politically involved as a teenager. I was active getting people registered to vote and getting out the vote, and campaigning for individuals who had the black community’s interest at heart. To improve the conditions and quality of life for the people of Columbus, I had to be involved in politics,” he said.

    Whether it’s the Post Office named after him or the community center in Linden that he helped erect, Mr. Lumpkin’s impact in the greater Columbus area is immeasurable.

    “I don’t know how many post offices that are named after African Americans but I do know this one is named after me,” Mr. Lumpkin said.

    Despite all of his accomplishments in life, Mr. Lumpkin couldn’t resist the opportunity to get involved when President Obama announced his candidacy in 2007.

    “I campaigned for him when he first decided to run for president. I met him and had a reception for him here in Columbus. I’ve always supported President Obama and always will. I’m 87 years old and don’t have much energy now, but I’ll do what I’m able to this time around as well.”

    We salute Clarence Lumpkin as a testament to the American dream, and hope you’ll support him and his work by joining African Americans for Obama or finding an event near you.