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I know that after it was clear to me
that this was not a mistake, and that it was I, Kenneth B. Clark, who was elected
president of the APA, the first thing that I started worrying about was the presidential
address. And it was a disturbing thing. I was full of anxiety about it.
Well, you were president-elect for a year, then you take office and you're president for
a year, and at the end of your presidential year, you give your address. So I had two full
years in which to worry.
Now, what was I worrying about? Content. What was I going to say? And how was I going to
Well, within that first year, when I was president-elect, I knew what I was going to say.
In general. I mean, I knew that I was going to talk about psychology as an instrument for
social change. I was going to talk about psychology as an engineering, technological-- and
I knew that almost everybody wanted me, or was expecting me, to talk about that subject in
terms of race. And I knew that I was not going to talk about it in terms of race, because,
to me, race was merely one manifestation of a much deeper set of problems that confront
human beings at their present stage of development.
I didn't have a single vacation or free moment, from the time I was president-elect up
until the time I delivered tht address, that was not in some way dominated by what I was
going to talk about, you know, as being just a -- well, it was a mess. I mean, it was
really a mess.
We went to Bermuda a couple of times. My wife always
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