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Ms.  Adline  Clarke
Owner of Black Classics Books and Gifts

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Owner of Black Classics Books and Gifts

Adline C. Clarke is president of Black Classics (Books & Gifts), Inc., a six-year-old Alabama corporation that specializes in the sale of Black Literature and African-American cultural items. An avid reader, Adline fulfilled a long-time dream when she opened her bookstore in 1998 in Westwood Square on Airport Boulevard at the Loop. The store stocks many of the schools’ summer reading books and has a multicultural “Alabama writers” section. The Black Classics inventory also includes figurines, sorority and fraternity items, greeting cards and calendars, and handmade collectibles from Africa.

Adline has the distinction of serving on the Essence Booksellers Panel. Each month, Essence magazine surveys a panel of twenty booksellers across the country to compile the Essence Bestsellers list. Also, for the third year, Black Classics will provide books at “Mobile Reads” literary events in November.

In 2000, Black Classics was named “Up & Coming Woman-Owned Business of the Year” by the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Alabama.

Currently, Adline is communications officer of Mobile Development Enterprises, a subsidiary of the Mobile Housing Board. She is a former city editor and business editor of the Mobile Register.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Spring Hill College. Also, she is a graduate of Leadership Mobile and Leadership Alabama.

She is chairman of the St. James School Endowment Board. Most recently, she has served as a member of the Spring Hill College Board of Trustees for three years and on the Mercy Medical Board of Directors for six years.

She is a past president of the Mobile Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Leadership Mobile Alumni Association. She has also served on the boards of Leadership Mobile, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Southwest Alabama, the YWCA, Senior Citizens Services, Mobile Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association, Mobile Chapter of the American Red Cross, Mobile Arts Council, and the Spring Hill College National Alumni Association.
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