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Name: Sinkfield, Clarence W. (1940-)

Historical Note: Clarence W. Sinkfield was born on June 26, 1940, in Grady Hospital to Aaron and Elizabeth Sinkfield. He grew up in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta, where is father worked as a cook on the railroad and his mother worked at a cleaners, specializing in silk finishes. He attended W. H. Crogman Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School, graduating from the newly completed Price High School in 1958. He attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and majored in engineering. Sinkfield left school for 6 months to care for his mother. When he returned, he changed his major to business, graduating in 1963. Mr. Sinkfield worked as a teacher for a year in Washington, D.C. before returning to Atlanta. He was hired by Lockheed in May 1965 as an assembly helper. In 1969, Sinkfield was made a supervisor of the aft section for the C-141. In 1999, Mr. Sinkfield joined the class action lawsuit, Reid v. Lockheed Martin Co., which alleged discrimination in the promotion process. He retired from Lockheed in 2000 having reached the position of assistant manager.
Note Author: Anne M. Graham

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