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Legacy Keepers: Interview with Jeannine Clark

Catalog Data

National Visionary Leadership Project  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Clark, Jeannine Smith, 1928-  Search this
Collection Creator:
National Visionary Leadership Project  Search this
1 video recording (VHS, 1/2")
African American  Search this
Archival materials
Video recordings
Video recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Scope and Contents:
Through an oral history interview, Jeannine Clark, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, talks about her family and growing up in Washington, D.C.; her religious upbringing; her time as a student at Banneker Junior High School; as a student and later a teacher at Dunbar High School; going to the movie theater on U Street; and studying German and African studies at Howard University. She describes her work with the World Council of Churches to help rebuild Nuremberg, Germany; tenure as a regent at the Smithsonian Institution; contribution to the African Exhibit Hall in the Museum of Natural History; the founding of the Cultural Education Committee; and her work with the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival. She speaks of meeting her husband - Dr. Charles Clark; what makes a successful marriage; balancing a family and a career; the importance of family; and the importance of raising one's own children. She explains African American families today lack commitment to family. She also talks about her love of education; and the role of Howard University and other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Interview. Part of the National Visionary Leadership Project 2003. Dated 20030604.
Biographical / Historical:
Co-founded in 2001 by Camille O. Cosby, Ed.D. and Renee Poussaint, The National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, unites generations to create tomorrow's leaders by recording, preserving, and distributing through various media, the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders - Visionaries - who have shaped American history. National Visionary Leadership Project 2003 collection contains five videotaped oral history interviews conducted in partnership with the National Visionary Leadership Project and the Anacostia Community Museum's Education Department in 2003. Interviewees include Georgette Seabrooke Powell, William Langford, Louise Daniel Hutchinson, Jeannine Clark, and Charles Clark. Full transcripts of the interviews are available for reference in the archive.
Title transcribed from cover page of the video recording's transcript.
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African Americans  Search this
African American families  Search this
Civic leaders  Search this
Education  Search this
Teachers  Search this
African American teachers  Search this
Schools  Search this
African American schools  Search this
Video recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
Legacy Keepers: Interview of Jeannine Clark, National Visionary Leadership Project 2003, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.09-005, Item ACMA AV000922
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National Visionary Leadership Project 2003
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives