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Dr Mamie <I>Phipps</I> Clark

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Dr Mamie Phipps Clark

Birth
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, USA
Death 11 Aug 1983 (aged 66)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 198701093 View Source
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Psychologist who, alongside her husband, studied the development of self-consciousness in African American preschool children. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in 1938. Her work was instrumental in proving segregation was detrimental to student’s self-worth as well as just being overall ridiculous and horrible and—with her husband’s help as well, Mamie’s work helped in the 1954 Supreme Court Case Brown v Board of Education which ended segregation in schools across the country. She became the first African American woman to earn a doctoral degree in Psychology from Columbia University. In 1946 she opened the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem, New York which focused on making up for the lack of social services provided to minority children in New York City.


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