The Citizens for Ramsey Clark organization was founded in January 1970 in Raleigh, North Carolina, by a handful of local academics Their numbers quickly expanded to include members from a variety of backgrounds and occupations. Their primary goal was to see Ramsey Clark receive the 1972 Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Ramsey Clark was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1927. He is the son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945-1946, Ramsey Clark earned a B.A. from the University of Texas and two graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. He worked in the Justice Department, 1961-1967, and was U. S. Attorney General, 1967-1969. Clark authored the book Crime in America and taught at Howard University. Clark also taught at Brooklyn Law School until 1981. Much to the dismay of the Citizens for Ramsey Clark group, he chose not to run for president in 1972. The organization did not disband immediately. Rather it continued to function for several years as forum for political discussion while retaining its original name. In 1974 the Citizens for Ramsey Clark organization made a financial contribution to Clark's unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from New York. The Citizens for Ramsey Clark organization ceased to exist in 1980.
From the description of Citizens for Ramsey Clark records, 1970-1980 [manuscript] (North Carolina State University). WorldCat record id: 471534757
The Citizens for Ramsey Clark organization existed from 1970 to 1980. The organization's membership included primarily politically liberal North Carolina State University (NCSU) faculty members. The organization's numbers quickly expanded to include members from a variety of backgrounds and occupations. When the group formed in January of 1970 in Raleigh, North Carolina, its primary goal was to help Clark receive the 1972 Democratic Party nomination for President. Much to the dismay of the organization, Clark chose not to enter the race. However, the organization continued to function for several years as a forum for political discussion. The members of the group met weekly at the NCSU's Faculty Club on Thursday nights for dinner. The organization invited guest speakers for these meetings. These guests were often people seeking political office. Officers of the organization included Cyrus King as President, Charles Murphy as Vice President, and Bill Tucker as Treasurer. The organization disbanded in 1980.
Ramsey Clark was the assistant United States Attorney General under the John F. Kennedy administration and the Attorney General under the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. Though he did not run for president in 1972, he did win the Democratic nomination for a United States Senate seat from New York two years later. The Citizens for Ramsey Clark organization made a financial contribution to this unsuccessful campaign. Clark lost that election to the Republican incumbent, Jacob K. Javits.
From the guide to the Citizens for Ramsey Clark papers, Bulk, 1970-1972, 1969-1980, (Special Collections Research Center)