• 01 September 2015: We are sad to note the passing of Mary Perry Smith. She was interviewed in 2002 by Nadine Wilmot for the African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project.

    Mary Perry Smith was a fiercely committed educator who was an advocate for young people as a local high school teacher, and as co-founder of the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program (MESA). Mrs. Perry Smith was also a key figure in East Bay cultural institutions with her longtime involvement with the Oakland Museum of California and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. This interview offers insights into Mrs. Perry Smith's commitment and philosophy with regard to education and community involvement.

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