In 1940s Harlem, Dr Frederic Wertham was worried about the youth in Harlem. So was Reverend Bishop, who ran Harlem’s Episcopalian church. Together, with a diverse staff of volunteers, they opened a clinic in the basement of Bishop’s church. Charging only 25 cents- and nothing if someone couldn’t spare that- they treated children, veterans, and the elderly. They made their mark by pioneering the idea that black people and white people were born with the same wants and needs, and that blacks could respond to mental therapy just as well as whites.

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