Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest Award for 1978: Kenneth B. Clark

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Kenneth B. Clark was presented the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest Award at the APA Annual Convention in Toronto. A pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement and in the continuing fight for equality and justice for all individuals, Professor Kenneth B. Clark has expertly translated fundamental principles of human behavior--many of which he discovered and formulated during his brilliant career as a scholar--into policies and programs that have deepened the sense of self-respect and raised the hopes and expectations of countless individuals of every age, race, and creed. He has unselfishly served federal, state, and local governments; public and private education; community agencies; and, of course, the profession of psychology. But perhaps his most enduring contribution is the brilliance and clarity with which he has demonstrated that the social sciences--and in particular the field of psychology--can contribute to-and have responsibility to contribute to--determining the quality of life we experience and provide for others. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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