Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

Clottee A. Hammons grew up in the downtown Phoenix area and is the granddaughter of 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldier, Sergeant George Hammons. She views that legacy with pride and a strong sense of social responsibility.

Ms. Hammons is an Artist, Curator, Writer, Poet, Activist, Educator and Prevention Outreach 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.

Ms. Hammons taught Art Theory and techniques to students [K - 8], differently abled students and seniors. She also provided a focused arts program to women in a domestic violence shelter environment in addition to facilitating and funding numerous other arts engagement opportunities for artists and the general public.

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, cultural competency and wellness. 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 stigmatizing 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 twentieth season June 24, 2017 (at Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix).  Her motto is: "I promise you will learn what schools will not teach.

The Importance of Teaching American Chattel Slavery: Creative Ways to Make History Relevant 

​Teaching American Chattel Slavery presents unique and formidable challenges, particularly for African American teachers, because the presentation of accurate information has typically been discouraged. Consequently when African American and African students do not see themselves reflected as dignified, progressive contributors to past events further stigma and ignorance is perpetuated, affecting other academic areas and behaviors. It is best to acknowledge the fact of American Chattel Slavery early in students’ academic careers. They will not feel the inevitable sense of betrayal and mistrust of teachers.