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We had gardner and some of the other senior members of
the department as models, and as people who themselves contributed,
you know, and who seemed secure as professionals, and didn't need
to resort to petty things in their relationships among themselves
and with the younger ones.
That was the context within which each of us could sort of
be ourselves, you know. Pursue our professional interests, relate
to our students, go to the seminars with the students, and enjoy
arguing with them, raising questions, etc.
So that was -- that's what I recall about my first eight, ten
years at the College. And it was in that context that, when the
lawyers of the NAACP came to me in 1951 and told me about what they
planned in regard to challenging laws requiring or permitting
segregated schools -- looking back on that period, it never occurred
to me that if I were to join with the lawyers, that I would have
any problems with regard to the College or the department.
This is an interesting and important point, I think. When
Bob (Robert) Carter told me that Otto Kleinberg had told him
that I had materials on the detrimental effects of racial segregation
on personality development of children, and he told me that the
lawyers were going to challenge segregated schools in the federal
courts, he asked me, did I have any materials that would be related
to the problem of the damage which segregation did to human beings?
I told him about the report. Otto knew about the report
because Otto Kleinberg was on the advisory committee of the Mid-Century
White House Conference on Children and Youth. And Alaine Locke
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