PHILADELPHIA -- Augusta "Gussie" Clark, a former Philadelphia city councilwoman who was a staunch advocate for public schools, has died. She was 81.
Clark died Sunday at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood.
Clark worked as a librarian and lawyer before serving 20 years on City Council after her election in 1980. She was then only the second black woman elected to council, as a Democrat at-large.
Clark was born in Uniontown, Ala., before her family moved to Fairmont, W.Va., where she would graduate from West Virginia State College.
She moved to Philadelphia to work as an assistant at Color magazine, a publication modeled after Life, but which targeted black readers. When the publication folded, Clark earned a master's degree in library science from Drexel University and later, at age 39, a law degree from Temple University.
Clark opposed school vouchers and helped pass a 10 percent liquor tax to help fund the school system.
City Council President Darrell Clarke issued a statement saying voters often assumed -- despite the different spellings of their last names -- that he was Clark's son.