Kenneth B. Clark
Researched and written by:  Nakeyva Brice
I attest that the following biography is a product of my own original work..


  •       Born on July 24th 1914 in Panama Canal Zone to Arthur Bancroft and Miriam Hanson. Kenneth married Mamie Phipps who was also a psychologist on April 14th, 1938 and she died in 1983. They had 2 children.
  •        Received his B.A. from Howard University in 1935 and later received his M.S from the same institution in 1936. Received his Ph.D from Columbia University in 1940.
  •     He was a member of the APA where he served as the direct in 1969. He also served as the president from 1970-1971. He served as the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 1970-1971. Member of the council for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues from 1954 until he was appointed as president from 1959-1960.  In addition he was also a member of the Century Association, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

  • In 1940 and 1941 he received the Spingarn Medal from the Rosenwald fellow. In 1961 he received an award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 1965 he was awarded the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. In 1965 he was awarded the Sidney Hillman Prize Book Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation. In 1980 for Dark Ghetto: Dilemmas of Social Power; College Board medal for distinguished service to education Clark was awarded the College Board medal for distinguished service to education.
  • In 1985 he was awarded the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Lastly he was awarded honorary degrees from the following institutions: Amherst College, Columbia University, Haverford College, Yeshiva University, Oberlin College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Princeton University, Carnegie-Mellon University and others.

  • During his career he was an associate professor of psychology in Hampton, VA at the Hampton Institute from 1940-1941. From 1941-1942 he served as. U.S. Officer of War Information in Washington, D.C. and assistant social science analyst. 1942-1949 he was an instructor at the City College of the City of New York in New York, NY. From 1942-49 Clark progressed through many levels of professorship, starting as an assistant professor. In 1960-70, he was promoted to the title of distinguished professor of psychology; in 1970-75 he was professor emeritus.
  • From 1975- 2005 president and chairman of the board. 1975-2005. During the summer of 1955 he worked as Visiting professor at Columbia University and Harvard University in the summer of 1965. He also served at Visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the summer of 1958. Clark was also the founder and research director at the Northside Center for Child Development from 1946-66. In addition to that he was founder and chairman of board of directors at Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU) from1962-64 and from 1967-1975 he was the president at the Metropolitan Applied Research Center, Inc. (MARC Corp.).
  • Member of Committee on Foreign Affairs Personnel, at the U.S. Department of State from 1961-62. Clark was also a Member of board of directors of Harper & Row, Lincoln Savings Bank, Presidential Life Insurance, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; former member of board of directors, New York State Urban Development Corp., and chairman of Affirmative Action Commission from 1971-75. Lastly he was a Member of the New York State Board of Regents from 1966-2005. He was also the trustee at the University of Chicago; Social science consultant, Legal and Educational Division, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1950-2005 and a consultant in the Personnel Division of the U.S. Department of State from 1961-68, 1976-77.

  • Kenneth Clark was also the author of many writing such as:

Prejudice and Your Child, Beacon Press, 1955, 2nd enlarged edition, 1963, reprinted, Wesleyan University Press, 1988.

(With Lawrence Plotkin) The Negro Student at Integrated Colleges, National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students, 1963.

The Negro Protest: James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Talk with Kenneth B. Clark, Beacon Press, 1963, published as King, Malcolm, Baldwin: Three Interviews, Wesleyan University Press, 1985.

Dark Ghetto: Dilemmas of Social Power, foreword by Gunnar Myrdal, Harper, 1965.

Social and Economic Implications of Integration in the Public Schools (pamphlet condensed from seminar on manpower policy and program), U.S. Department of Labor, 1965.

(Editor with Talcott Parsons) The Negro American, foreword by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Houghton, 1966.

(With Jeannette Hopkins) A Relevant War against Poverty: A Study of Community Action Programs and Observable Change, Metropolitan Applied Research Center, 1968, Harper, 1969.

(With Harold Howe) Racism and American Education: A Dialogue and Agenda for Action, Harper, 1970.

(Editor with Meyer Weinberg) W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reader, Harper, 1970.

(Editor) Allen W. Trelease, White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction, Harper, 1971.

Pathos of Power, Harper, 1974.

"Problems of Freedom and Behavior Modification" (cassette), introduction by Mortimer Brown, American Psychological Association, 1976.

The Nineteen Eighties: Prologue and Prospect, Joint Center for Political Studies, 1981.

Christo, "The Gates" Project for Central Park: Human Impact Study, Clark, Phipps, Clark & Harris, 1982.

Proceedings of the Kenneth B. Clark Colloquiam Series, (multi-volume), Professional Press, 1996-.

Also author of Beyond the Ghetto. Contributor to journals.



Contemporary Authors Online, Gale,  (2005).  Reproduced in biography resource center.
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