Carla D. Hunter wins the Kenneth and Mamie Clark award

Date

08/15/15

This American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) award honors psychologists who have made outstanding contributions to the professional development of ethnic minority graduate students. Part of what makes this award so special and significant is that current students, who are also members of APAGS, must make the nominations. It is clear that Dr. Hunter’s protégés think very highly of her and APAGS applauds her efforts to support the professional development of future psychologists.

"The American Psychological Foundation Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund, supports research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K-8. ...

The Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund was established in 2003 to honor the Clarks and to perpetuate their work as pioneers in understanding the psychological underpinnings of race relations and in addressing social issues such as segregation and injustice.

The Clarks were the first and second African-Americans to receive PhDs from Columbia University. Their famous doll experiments, in which they asked children to express their likes and dislikes about brown-and white-skinned dolls, led the Clarks to conclude that the segregation in schools and society was psychologically damaging to the children. These studies are believed to be the first social science evidence considered as hard fact by the U.S. Supreme court, in Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka."

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