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at, and put together, “Now, how do we feel?” including our children,
and helping them to be able to cope with the idiocies and
irrationalities of racism. We were one in protecting our children.
Beyond any of the questions that would come up for a black woman
psychologist, did she do any writing or speaking about black women at
work in any profession of vocation?
I think she did some speaking occasionally on that. Mamie
was not--I did most of the speaking and public involvement things.
She was a curious sort of solid, private person. There was a quality
of shyness. Maybe the word “shy” is not quite appropriate.
Reticence? A retiring demeanor?
Retiring. For example, if we received a joint award, she
would want me to speak for both of us. The last award we received
together was the Jackie Robinson Foundation Humanitarian Award. We
both had to go up and get the award. Bill Cosby, I think, was the
master of ceremonies. He turned to her to respond. She said--over
the microphone--“Oh, Kenneth does the talking for us.” [laughter] I
did talk for us. Most of her contributions were in areas such as the
Museum Collaboratives [?], where she was chairman of that board, the
Institute for Museum Services. By the way I should say to you that
she would not accept invitations to boards unless she felt that she
could contribute, and not just nominally. She had an unbreakable
rule in this regard.
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