November 13, 2019

Senate Veterans Celebration Series Senator Clarence Blount

Recognized by his colleagues for his measured and principled demeanor, Senator Clarence W. Blount was a member of the segregated 92nd Infantry Buffalo Division in World War II and would gallantly earn a battlefield commission for removing deadly mines from a river passage in Italy.

Unable to read or count, Blount moved to Baltimore at the age of ten and started school for the very first time. Despite this disadvantage, Blount worked hard and achieved success in his studies. Graduating from Frederick Douglass High School at the advanced age of twenty-one, Blount then entered Morgan State College. His college education was quickly deferred however as he was drafted into service in the United States Army in 1942.

After honorably completing his military service, Blount returned home to finish his education. He reentered Morgan State College and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He then began his career in education that would see him serve as a teacher, a principal, and a mentor to countless young people in Baltimore and beyond.

Continuing his call to service, Blount embarked on a different avenue to serve when he was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1970. Representing Maryland’s 41st State Senate District, his legislative career was long and storied. Known for his tireless support of education funding, Blount was a champion not just of his beloved Historically Black Colleges and Universities but of all students throughout Maryland.

Because of his hard work and life of service to his country and community, Blount left his state truly changed and improved. His legacy continues to endure.