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Betty Dopson was born and raised in Hubbard. Ohio and attended all white public schools. The few Black students attending the Elementary and High Schools there. mostly from her family, were constantly the subject of and were subjected to racist remarks from both students and teachers. Marrying and moving to NYC, she recalls. was like exiting from a long dark tunnel into the light. Working for and with her people, she began her employment at Sydenham Hospital in the early 60's as an ER Clerk. She earned her BA degree in 1975 in Communication Arts and Sciences from Queens College. Shortly after, she was promoted to the position of Director of Public Relations. Ms Dopson published the hospital's newspaper, "Centerview", recorded oral histories of the medical staff at the Arthur Schomburg Library, produced and hosted a cable TV program for patient education entitled "Your Health Is Your Responsibiity" , hosted welcoming events for Heads of State, coordinating holiday events for staff and keeping the hospital in the news for its important role in the community were all included in her accomplishments, Ms. Dopson retired from that position in 1989. In 1992, she began her employment as Director of SQPA, NY Beacon School, a unique innovation for the Southeast Queens Community. The school was the brainchild of NYC's only Black Mayor, David N. Dinkins. She retired from that position in 2006. In 1997, Ms. Dopson co-founded CEMOTAP, the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People, a media watch organization whose purpose is to monitor and respond to negative print, electronic and digital media. CEMOTAP recently celebrated its 31st year of operation. As publisher of CEMOTAP's newspaper, "The Drum", she promoted opinion, research and ideas of the organization for over 15 years. A CEMOTAP cable TV program entitled " The Other Side" hosted by Betty Dopson and James C. McIntosh, M.D. was produced for 10 years . CEMOTAP now features a monthly on-site program series entitled "Know Your History" that is also shown on QPTV on MAT production series every Saturday and Sunday. In 2009, Ms. Dopson authored a popular book "Shared Secrets of the Elder Sisters" which was converted in to a stage play that ran for one month at The Black Spectrum Theater in Jamaica, NY. She later began producing one woman shows based on the book. Five years ago she joined with other elders and purchased a building in Selma, Ala and continues to work toward turning this building in to a Children's Museum that documents and celebrates the role that children had in the struggle for liberation. Today, she is begnning a CEMOTAP Committee in Youngstown, Ohio where she now resides. She has nearly completed a stage play "Thats Just the Way It Is.". Although Ms Dopson now resides in Youngstown, she maintains membership in CEMOTAP, The Griot's Collective, The Imani Group and the Mt. Hope Cemetery Committee.