Legrand H. Clegg II was born in Los Angeles and reared in Compton, California. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Compton Community College (1964), a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from UCLA (1966) and a Juris Doctor with an emphasis on Civil Rights and International Law from Howard University School of Law (1969).
Mr. Clegg has been a practicing attorney for nearly 44 years. He entered the legal profession by serving as interns in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. and the District Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California. He also briefly worked for the Legal Aid Foundation (1972-1974) and in private practice for the firm of Edelen, Meshack, Clegg and Calhoun in Compton, California (1974-1977).
Mr. Clegg was appointed to the position of deputy city attorney for the City of Compton, CA in 1977 and served as deputy until he was appointed city attorney by the Compton City Council in 1993 and thereafter won four elections for the seat. After 15 years as City Attorney of Compton, Mr. Clegg retired in 2008. He is now in private practice in Long Beach, California.
From 1981 through 1993, Mr. Clegg also served as an elected member of the Compton Community College Board of Trustees. In that capacity, he, along with Dr. Billie J. Moore of the E.O.P.S. department at the college, founded the African People’s Conference. Held for approximately ten years, these conferences drew scholars from around the country to the campus and brought enlightenment to the student body and the community at large. Mr. Clegg also introduced the technique of super learning which has met with great success in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
For over 50 years Mr. Clegg has engaged in research, writing and lecturing on African and African American history and culture. He has lectured at a number of colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. His research has appeared in many books, magazines and newspapers and has reached over two million people on various internet sites. As a historian, Mr. Clegg is best known for revealing controversial information regarding the contributions of Black people to civilization. Among the subjects he has published are:
“The Black Roots of King Tut”
“The Black Presence In America Before Columbus”
“Hawaii: Black Royalty In The Pacific”
“The Truth About Queen Nefertiti”
“The African Origin of Western Law”
“The Black Presence In Prehistoric Europe”
“The Pyramids of China: Is There An African Connection?”
Mr. Clegg’s most popular presentations on Black History are his DVD and booklet,
When Black Men Ruled The World, and the widely circulated internet synopsis on African American inventors, entitled “What Would America Be Without Blacks?” Mr. Clegg also presents three widely viewed dramas on the internet: “Hatshepsut: The Bearded Pharaoh”, “The Reign of Akhenaton and Nefertiti” and “King Tut Presents The Clegg Series”
In, 1991, Mr. Clegg created The Clegg Series, a family owned company that produces and sells DVDs, CDs, booklets and T-Shirts on Black History and culture.
Mr. Clegg has written articles in numerous magazines and journals and his work has been featured in a variety of publications. Among them are The California Lawyer, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Sentinel, Ebony Man, Essence, Upscale, Dollars and Sense, the Journal of African Civilizations, Dawn and others.
Over the years Mr. Clegg has been a guest on numerous local and national television and radio programs. On the national level he has appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, the Montel Williams Show and Tony Brown’s Journal. In the Los Angeles metropolitan area he has appeared as a guest on ABC, CBS, NBC, KTLA, KTTV, and KCOP T.V. For over four years Mr. Clegg hosted a local television program entitled”The New Compton.”
Furthermore, for several years Mr. Clegg has served as co-chairman of the Committee For The Elimination of Media Offensive to African People (Los Angeles Branch), a media watchdog organization, and is chairman of the Western region of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC).
Honors and Recognitions
Mr. Clegg has received honors and recognition from a number of local and national organizations.