Psychologist and Educator Kenneth Clark

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We remember the late Dr. Kenneth Clark, a psychologist and educator whose work during the 1950s helped dismantle segregated schools in the United States. Clark died on Sunday in New York. He was 90 years old.

ED GORDON, host:

The civil rights movement has lost another pioneer. Psychologist and educator Dr. Kenneth Clark died on Sunday in New York. He was 90 years old. In the 1950s, Dr. Clark designed a test for black schoolchildren to highlight the psychological damage of segregated education. Clark's test had a strong influence on the United States Supreme Court's landmark 1954 ruling that segregated schools were unconstitutional. Clark advocated steadily for total social integration. He argued strongly against any separation of black people from the concept of American culture as a whole.

Dr. KENNETH CLARK (Psychologist, Educator): You could not have a group of human beings, even in a subservient position, not being a part of that culture, helping to contribute some sort of substance or highlighting the conflicts and dilemma of that culture. Blacks in America are part of America.

GORDON: Clark devoted much of his life to improving education for all children, and shortly before his death, he ran a consulting firm committed to advancing race relations in America.

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