AABE National Founder - Clarke A. Watson (1942 - 2003)
Clarke Watson, a prominent community activist in Denver for decades, passed away in 2003 of natural causes.
Watson, 61, was remembered as a sharp dresser, a sharp wit and an irreverent thinker. His activism ranged from being a leader of Denver's Black Panther Party in the 1960s to working behind the scenes to groom minority college students for leadership in the energy industry. In 1987, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor.
"He was furious," said Syl Morgan-Smith, a member of AABE's national board. "He said, 'We blacks can talk about more than baseball and we consume energy, too."'
He rented a suite in the infamous Watergate Hotel and convened AABE's first meeting. "He chose the name because he wanted something that started with the letter 'A,"' Morgan-Smith said. "He wanted us to be on top on any alphabetical list. His thinking was always that methodical and detailed like that."
Please view the attached biography about Clarke's accomplishments and leadership.