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Marvina White: An Oral History of the CCNY 1960s SEEK Program

In this interview, Marvina White recounts growing up on Dyckman Street in Upper Manhattan and entering City College as part of the first class of SEEK students in 1966. White also analyzes how SEEK-- especially SEEK teachers and counsellors Barbara Christian, Betty Rawls, Mina Shaughnessy and Ed Quinn-- helped her and other students to succeed.

Short for "Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge," SEEK was established in 1966 as a CUNY-wide program to assist disadvantaged students who might otherwise lack the opportunity to study at a four-year college.

Creators | White, Marvina ; Molloy, Sean
Date Created | January 27, 2015
Interviewer | Molloy, Sean
Interviewee | White, Marvina
Rights | Copyright CompComm Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Item Type | Oral History (Digital)
Cite This document | White, Marvina and Molloy, Sean, “Marvina White: An Oral History of the CCNY 1960s SEEK Program,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed September 28, 2023,

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