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Mary Perry Smith Transcript

Conducted by Nadine Wilmot in 2002, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.


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Mary Perry Smith is 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 is 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 some insight into Mrs. Perry Smith's commitment and philosophy with regard to education and community involvement.

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