In this interview, Javette D. Pinkney begins by explaining the academic initiative and activist spirit that brought her to Brown. She fondly remembers a “feeling of community,” and campus dating, in spite of instances of racism. She describes her involvement in a number of campus activities and social groups and recalls spearheading the College Venture Program - a pilot program financed by the Braitmayer Foundation to help students who needed or wanted to drop out of college temporarily.
Pinkney also discusses why her Brown experience was unique, addresses her work at the Black Heritage Society, and describes the shared Black experience and moral obligation to teach men to respect women. She goes on to discuss what Brown taught her about women in leadership, the difficulties and ramifications of financial aid, Brown’s commitment to maintaining diversity, and tensions with the Brown Daily Herald. Pinkney concludes by sharing her greatest takeaways from the university and explaining her trajectory after graduation.
Pembroke Center at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island