“Harlem in the Hamptons” Celebrates Drs. Kenneth & Mamie Clark And The Northside Center for Child Development

July 14, 2016

phippsclarkmamiekennethsnapshotThe Harlem Cultural Archives will recognize the numerous accomplishments of Drs. Kenneth B. & Mamie Phipps Clark (pictured) and the 70th Anniversary of the Northside Center for Child Development at their annual “Harlem in the Hamptons” event on August 13, 2016, noon-5 p.m.

The event will take place at the Eastville Community Historical Society Heritage House, 139 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor, New York 11963.

The Clarks were the first African-Americans to obtain their doctoral degrees in psychology from Columbia University. Kenneth B. Clark was the first African-American tenured full professor at the City College of New York, the first African-American to be president of American Psychological Association and the first African-American appointed to the New York State Board of Regents.

The Clarks opened their own agency in 1946 called The Northside Center for Child Development. This was the first full-time child guidance center offering psychological and casework services to families in the Harlem area. There they also continued conducting experiments on racial biases in education. The Clarks were influential to the Civil Rights movement and their expertise allowed them to testify as expert witnesses in several school desegregation cases, including Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.

The mission of the Harlem Cultural Archives (HCA) is to create, maintain and grow a remotely accessible, online, interactive repository of audio-visual materials documenting Harlem’s remarkable and varied multicultural legacies, including its storied past as well as its continuing contributions to the City and State of New York, the nation, and the world. Dr. Elaine Shulman, a student who was mentored by Dr. Kenneth Clark will present a plaque to Northside CEO, Thelma Dye, Phd. on behalf of the HCA and the Honorable Judge W. Franc Perry will present proclamations to Dr. Dye from several elected officials that represent Harlem.

For the past five years, the HCA has collaborated with “Harlem in the Hamptons” founders Jackie Vaughn, Beryl & Harry Banks and Gladys Barnes in celebrating the contributions of such achievers as Dr. R. Chester Redhead, Dr. Oliver Holder, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, the Harlem Hellfighters, Judge W. Franc Perry, and the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP.

HCA’s Executive Board is comprised of Glenn A. Hunter, Co-Executive Director, Board Chair, Community Activist and Educator; Keith A. Hunter, MD, Community Health Advocate, Film Producer, Co-Executive Director and Board Member; and Ken Sargeant, Media Producer, Community Historian, Co-Executive Director and Board Member.

For more info about the Harlem Cultural Archives: www.harlemcultural.org

For more info about The Northside Center for Child Development: www.northsidecenter.org

Photo credit: Columbia grads Drs. Kenneth B. & Mamie Phipps Clark.

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