Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the pioneering mother of GRAMMY® winners, The Clark Sisters, is
receiving some much-deserved recognition from her granddaughter during Black History Month.
Gospel singer Kierra Sheard has written an open letter to the legendary matriarch whom she
rightly refers to as “a black history legend.”
“I wish you were here to see all that is happening with us! So many great blessings have been
showered upon our family,” wrote the 29-year-old daughter of singer Karen Clark Sheard, who
published the personal sentiments on her website.
For those who are unfamiliar with the iconic musician, Ebony Magazine dubbed the late great
Church of God In Christ (COGIC) President of the International Music Department the “Queen of
Those who knew the woman that taught others never to sing, preach, or teach without prayer
and to be sure Christ is always the center of attraction, simply called her “Dr. Clark,” “Mattie,” or
Today, Dr. Clark remains one of the most influential and prominent historical figures in gospel
music, and her accomplishments are deeply intertwined with her COGIC roots.
“To know what you stood for, and how you were so connected with the new generation in your
day, I wonder if you would be proud of how I’m trying my best to stay connected with this new
generation of my day,” wondered Sheard, founder of Bold! Right! Life!—a youth organization that
strives to guide and nurture youth both spiritually, and naturally.
During her reflective mood, the Stellar Award-winning “Invisible” singer said, “I’m grateful for the
many lessons that you’ve taught me directly, through Mommy and my aunts.”
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