Councilmember Clarence Terrell “C. T.” Martin is a native Atlantan who has been elected to the Atlanta City Council since 1990, when he was chosen in a special election. Martin received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Master’s of Science degree in Social Work from Atlanta University. For over 30 years, Martin has provided professional services in a number of areas including education, social services, enfranchisement, voter rights, government (local, state, and federal), and private business enterprise. Since his election, Martin has labored tirelessly to bring the voice of visionary African Americans to the forefront to impact national policy.
In his capacity as a Lions Club and city council member, Martin has traveled extensively throughout China, Japan, Switzerland, France, England, Italy and various countries across Africa.
Since his second term, Martin has served as chair of the Human Resources Committee, the Transportation Committees and since 2014, as chair of the Public Safety Committee. He has played a major role in ensuring that Public Safety remains a priority by assisting in the opening of a mini police precinct in the M. L. King/ Adamsville community and organizing the District 10 Citizens on Patrol.
Martin has seen great success in pushing initiatives to serve our youth in the city of Atlanta. One of his many achievements includes securing funding for the $20 million dollar Adamsville Natatorium and Community Center. As a top priority of his first term, Martin spearheaded a historic first for the 10th District: an initiative to unleash economic power in the district with the creation of the M. L. King Jr. Drive Merchants Association. A long time activist of Southside Development, Martin has fought to include the designation of the M. L. King Jr. Drive corridor as a priority in a master redevelopment plan for the city’s south side.
In 1993, Martin established the very first “Youth Commission” in the city’s history. The commission’s goal is to interact with other state, local, religious, and educational agencies to insure that Atlanta’s children are given every opportunity to reach their greatest potential. The commission will serve as a clearinghouse for ideas, providing advice, counsel, and resource development to the Mayor and Council on critical youth related issues.
Martin is known for supplementing his broad policy-making duties with genuine “hands on” programs for seniors and youth. He has adopted a 24-pupil elementary school class to whom he routinely reads literature. Youthfest, an event he established in 1991 to strengthen communication between children and adults, is now an annual tradition that attracts more than 5,000 youth from across the city.
A graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Martin has affiliations with numerous service organizations. In 1972, he received a presidential appointment from the White House Domestic Policy Council. For more than 20 years, Martin has served the National Scholarship Service for Negro Students (NSSFNS) and influenced college minority recruitment policy nationwide.
For three years, in the late 1990s, Martin served as grand marshal of the Caribbean Festival Parade. From 1997 to 2004 he served as assistant host marshal and assistant to the grand marshal for the Imperial Council Shriners’ Parade. Over the course of his public service career, he has received well over 350 community service awards for outstanding service. His off term work includes service as a consultant on political campaigns and spearheading strategic planning activity and youth programming as well as being selected by Georgia’s Democratic Party to serve as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Councilmember Martin also has led legislative initiatives to rename the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport in honor of the late Maynard Jackson, the city’s first African-American mayor. Martin is a board member of the Another Way Out, Inc and chairman of the City of Atlanta Employee Credit Union Board.
A father of four, Martin is a dedicated member of Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church.