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Clottee A. Hammons grew up in the segregated downtown Phoenix area and is the granddaughter of a 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldier. She views that legacy with pride and a strong sense of social responsibility.
Ms. Hammons is an Artist, Writer, Poet, Activist, Educator and Prevention Specialist. She views her special call as a "community builder" and works in grateful collaboration with numerous artists, organizations and individuals while being conscientious and mindful of honoring her ancestors.
She organized the Hub Artists Collective and served on the Artlink Board of Directors. Ms. Hammons taught Art Theory and techniques to students [K - 8], differently abled students as well as seniors. She also provided a focused arts program to women in a domestic violence shelter environment.
In addition to teaching Art, Ms. Hammons provides educations and information to groups and individuals about prevention and harm reduction approaches to HIV/AIDS, STIs, substance dependence, poverty and homelessness. Ms. Hammons is a phlebotomist that has conducted hundreds of HIV tests and provided counseling. She is currently revising an edition of a comprehensive course and syllabus for presentations to young people about sexual awareness and perceptions.
Ms. Hammons is passionate about literature, history, libraries and librarians. She is the creator and ongoing facilitator of the Emancipation Marathon; which is a literary tradition that honors the victims of American Chattel Slavery. The Emancipation Marathon will celebrate its nineteenth season in June 2016.
She is the co-creator and facilitator of The Inspired Truth Series which are readings: community conversations, inspired by literature which is read publicly during the Emancipation Marathon. Ms. Hammons was the recipient of an Arizona Humanities Council grant [supported by the NEH & ALA] which brought the national "Making Sense of the Civil War" program to Phoenix. She has also been the recipient of a grant from the Cultural Arts Coalition.
Her essay "Disguised As Nice" was published in "Once Upon a Time in a Different World: Issues and Ideas in African American Children’s Literature" (Routledge 2007).
She has written articles for the Black Voice News, Phoenix Downtown Magazine and contributes to The Arizona Informant.
Ms. Hammons has worked in numerous large corporate settings, nonprofit settings and frequently contributes to organizations on the topic of cultural competency.
She has also been self employed as a pattern maker, costume maker, tailor and dressmaker.