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Clarence Lightner, president of Lightner Funeral Home in Raleigh, serves on the city council. First elected in 1967, he is serving his second term. In this We the People of North Carolina interview, Lightner discusses his views on being the only African American on the city council.
African Americans have long held public office in North Carolina. Lawrence recounts several instances where African Americans played an important role in state politics. In the Constitutional Convention of 1868, there were fifteen African Americans including Bishop Hood of Fayetteville, A.H. Galloway, and James H. Harris. In 1868 there were African Americans in both the North Carolina House and Senate, and in 1898 there were more than 300 African American magistrates in North Carolina.