Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Kenneth Clark (1914-2005)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Kenneth Clark (1914-2005)

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Best known for research on the psychological effects of racial discrimination

Dr. Kenneth Bancroft Clark, social psychologist, renowned educator and principal architect of the founding of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies as a resource for Black elected officials, died of cancer on May 1. He was 90.

Clark is perhaps best known for his research on the psychological effects of racial discrimination that became a cornerstone in the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education. Along with his wife, Mamie Phipps Clark, he used dolls as a means to assess the impact of a separate-but-equal society on African-American children, and produced findings that compelled the Supreme Court to rule against segregation.

The studies showed groups of Black and White children two Black dolls and two White dolls and asked them to choose which doll was nice, which was pretty and which was bad. The data from their tests showed that both groups overwhelmingly favored the White dolls. …

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