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And in doingthat, I also went to visit some private schools in Washington. I didn't work in the private schools, though. But it was a broad experience. I learned a lot.

Q:

Now, to what extent were these schools integrated at that time?

Clark:

No. These schools were not integrated.

Q:

All segregated in the district.

Clark:

Yes, for the most part, I mean, we had a smattering of whites, maybe, in one school, as I remember, which was out toward the border going toward Virginia, but for the most part the schools were segregated.

The work I did was all with black children, in those schools.

Q:

You still have a copy of your thesis?

Clark:

I'm sure I do. Yes.

Q:

Just for the record, though, briefly, what were your conclusions in that thesis?

Clark:

In that thesis, the main conclusion was that children become aware of their own blackness very early. It was a conclusion that we were later to test, my husband and I, in Northern and Southern schools on a much broader scale.

Q:

You do have a copy. It might be interesting to have a copy of it made, to back up this reminiscence.



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