A pioneer among African-American business leaders, Arthur J.H. Clement, Jr., is credited with promoting positive race relations, spurring community development and enhancing business incentives in his home town of Charleston, South Carolina.
Politically Clement was a strong, active member of the South Carolina Progressive Democratic Party, organized in 1944. The purpose of the party was to provide African-Americans a more active voice in state and national elections which were then controlled by the all-White South Carolina Democratic Party.
Arthur Clement's concerns for racial equality and social justice led him to serve as President of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP.