Clinton grew up in a period of racial segregation in the American South. Interestingly, in addition to Bill Clinton, musician Johhny Cash was born in southern Arkansas.
On August 19, 1946, Bill Clinton was born in the American South. He was born in the small town of Hope in the US state of Arkansas, only 40 kilometers from the border with Texas. It was an area where African Americans made up a large portion of the population, and racial segregation prevailed during Clinton’s childhood (Clinton’s older family members generally did not participate in it). Interestingly, in addition to Bill Clinton, musician Johhny Cash was born in southern Arkansas, but 14 years earlier. Not far from Clinton’s hometown of Hope lived Maya Angelou, an important African-American activist.
Clinton grew up in a period of racial segregation, which is shown, for example, in Driving Miss Daisy. In his youth, he listened live to a speech by Martin Luther King, which reportedly left a strong impression on him. Unfortunately, Martin Luther King was killed when Clinton was 21 years old. Similarly, the famous John F. Kennedy, whom Clinton saw as a boy while visiting the White House, was killed in Texas when he was just 17 years old.