Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
 

Carol Clarke

Carol Clarke
Framed by two specific
memories from her
childhood, Carol Clarke
wanted to investigate
the Civil Rights
movement of the
1960s and to
discover why these
events were absent
from the social and
educational history
of her community's
narrative.

For her final project Carol Clarke chose a topic that is close to her heart: the social and educational history of her hometown, Hempstead, New York. Framed by two specific memories from her childhood, Carol wanted to investigate the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and to discover why these events were absent from the community’s historical narrative.  Her thesis, "Winning the Battle, Losing the War: The Forgotten but Enduring Legacy of School Integration Efforts on Hempstead, New York," delves into the context of the fight against racially segregated education in the North and explores the long-term impact on Hempstead's educational system as well as the entire community. Basing much of her study on archival research, Carol makes the case about the importance of remembering this history as a means of creating a bridge between past, present, and future.

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