Dr. Aubrey S. Escoffery and Dr. Renee Escoffery-Torres

In this interview, Aubrey Escoffery discusses growing up in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1920s and 30s. Many of his friends dropped out of high school to pursue work during the Great Depression. Escoferry attended a CCC camp in the late 1930s. He later taught at Virginia State University and Norfolk State University. He describes his colleague Dr. Walter Ridley and working with the Virginia Psychological Association. He also discusses his experiences at Central State, working as one of the first Black clinicians at the asylum in Petersburg, where he resisted the unethical medical mistreatment of Black patients. Escoffery became one of the founders of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Renee Escoffery-Torres joins her father to discuss her experiences growing up on the campus of Virginia State University and attending Matoka Laboratory School.


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