Penelope “Penny” A. Baskerville begins Part 1 of this interview by recounting her family life and early education in New Jersey. She discusses the experience of being a racial minority at Pembroke (Baskerville was one of six Black women in her class) as well as the general novelty of the college social experience, stressing the strength of the friendships she developed. Baskerville recounts her extracurricular involvement, the founding of the Afro-American Society, and the unique nature of college in the 1960s.
In Part 2, Baskerville describes the larger Black Ivy League community, her scholarships, her academic performance, and the social expectations placed on women at the time, such as marriage.
In Part 3, Baskerville discusses life after Pembroke and her continued involvement in the field of education. She ends by reflecting on the positive experiences she had at Pembroke.
Phone interview conducted from Brown University