African-American civil rights leader who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King as a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 60's. In 1967, she began hosting The Xernona Clayton Show, making her the first Southern African-American to host a prime time talk show.
The Xernona Clayton Barbie doll was created in her honor by Mattel in 2004.
She was close friends with Caretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King.
She was a Music major at Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial College.
She was married to fellow civil rights activist Ed Clayton from 1957 until his death in 1966. She later married judge Paul L. Brady.
- The meaning of the name Clayton: From The Town On Clay Land