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Have you heard of Mamie Phipps Clark? No? Well, that is a shame. So, grab a cocktail or a coffee and get ready for this mini-episode (originally from Patreon 2021) and learn about this amazing pioneer in psychology and civil rights.

Mamie Phipps Clark was a pioneering black psychologist who made significant contributions to the study of race and its effects on child development. Along with her husband, Kenneth Clark, she conducted the landmark doll studies which showed the profound impact of segregation and discrimination on children’s self-esteem. This made waves. So much that she got a call from high profile civil rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall (who would later go on to be the first black US supreme court justice)

Mamie is best known for her study, the doll experiment, was conducted in the 1940s. The experiment played a crucial role in the Brown v. Board of Education case, which challenged the constitutionality of segregation in public schools. The Supreme Court cited the doll experiment in its decision, stating that segregation caused black children to feel inferior and harmed their educational opportunities. Mamie’s work was part of what swayed the court to strike down segregation as unconstitutional, paving the way for greater equality and integration in public education.


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