Emily England Clyburn, spouse of Home Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, handed away on Thursday. She was 80 years outdated.
Emily Clyburn — generally known as “Dr. Em” to many — was an esteemed librarian and political activist who performed a key function in her husband’s political profession.
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The Home will adjourn on Monday so lawmakers can attend the funeral, Democratic leaders introduced.
How the couple met was the stuff of South Carolina political lore. Each have been college students at then-South Carolina State School and had been arrested throughout a March 1960 civil rights protest.
“We had been in jail all night time, and so they hadn’t fed us all day. I used to be standing there and I stated to no one particularly, ‘Boy, am I hungry,'” Clyburn recalled throughout a 2014 MSNBC interview. “There was this little 95-pound individual standing close by. Subsequent factor, she is again with a hamburger. She supplied it to me, then pulled it again. She tore it in half, gave me one half, and stored the opposite half for herself.”
They have been married the next 12 months and remained collectively for 58 years. The couple had three daughters.
Emily Clyburn served as a librarian in Columbia and Charleston earlier than spending 29 years as a medical librarian on the Charleston Naval Base and Dorn VA Medical…