From the Backwoods of Deovelente, To the Mississippi State Capital, Alyce Griffin Clarke, 1st African American Female elected to the Mississippi House of Representative, 1985.
In the backwoods of Deovelente, in the last house near the Yazoo River, a beautiful baby girl was born to the late Mr. Henry Griffin and Mrs. Fannie Alice Merriweather Griffin. They named this beautiful precious baby girl, Alyce Myrtle Griffin.
This young lady walked the dusty roads of Deovelente to Deovelente Elementary School, to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where she was baptized, to Mt. Arratt Methodist Church, and to the one store in the community. As a matter of fact, she walked everywhere she went. The family did not own a car, they were sharecroppers. She chopped and picked cotton as so many of us did. She still boasts about being able to pick 300 pounds before quitting time and teasing others still in the field.
The years passed, Miss Griffin graduated from McNair High School, Belzoni, Mississippi in 1957. She went on to graduate from Alcorn College and other universities. She later became Mrs. Alyce Griffin Clarke when she married the late Mr. L.W. Clarke. They became the proud parents of one son, Demarquis Clarke.
In 1985, Mrs. Alyce Griffin Clarke became the first African American female elected to the Mississippi Legislature. In the words of the song "The World's Greatest" by R. Kelly, " She Made It Yall." She made it all the way from the backwoods of Deovelente, in the last house near the Yazoo River, all the way to the Mississippi State Capital where indeed, she made history!
Currently Representative Alyce Griffin Clarke is still active in the same post where she first made history, and we are all very proud of her accomplishments.