From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Jordon, W. Clarence

W. Clarence Jordon was an African American poet who was born in Bardstown, KY. He was also a schoolteacher in Bardstown. Very little is known about his life. W. Clarence Jordon had died before his poem, "What is the Negro doing?," was included in the 1923 title Negro Poets and Their Poems by Robert T. Kerlin. W. Clarence Jordon's poem was reprinted on the front cover of Negro History Bulletin, v.33, no.2, February 1970. His work was also included in An Anthology of Negro Poetry; by Negroes and others, arranged by Beatrice F. Worley and Charles Carter, under the supervision of Benjamin F. Seldon, State Supervisor of Negro Adult Education. The publication was sponsored by the Works Project Administration, New Jersey, 1937.

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