Hot Fudge Sundae in a White Paper Cup

A Spirited Black Woman in a White World
Gwendolyn Calvert Baker
A memoir by acclaimed educator and leader Gwendolyn Calvert Baker exploring her life and work


Gwendolyn Calvert Baker has had an extraordinary career and has witnessed a dramatic change in the ways that U.S. schools provide education to and about our multiethnic, multicultural society. But Baker hasn’t just lived through the progression of multicultural considerations—she has been singularly instrumental in the creation and acceptance of multicultural education. In Hot Fudge Sundae in a White Paper Cup, she shares her memories and experience of a lifetime spent serving and leading the causes for multicultural education.

“Gwen Baker’s bounty of vision, intelligence, steadfast integrity, political prowess, and humanity simply flows from her to everything and everyone she touches. She has lived many lives and left many more legacies—in education, the nonprofit world—which will benefit us all long into the future. One of our greatest unsung heroes, Gwen Baker is my hero.”
—Eddy Bayardelle, Former President of the Merrill Lynch Foundation

“This book is a beautifully written, inspiring, courageous, and deeply moving chronicle of resilience, hope, and possibilities. Baker’s experiences with racism and other life challenges—epitomized by having a hot fudge sundae served to her in a paper cup while the glass dish was reserved for Whites—enabled her to develop the fortitude, wisdom, and quiet dignity that are evident on every page of this elegantly written, timely, and engaging book. Baker connects with her readers in deeply personal ways, which makes her life story authentic, inspiring, and compelling.”
—James A. Banks, Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle

“Having served as a volunteer for the YWCA of the USA for over several decades, I along with the National Board looked forward to having Gwendolyn C Baker serve as our National Executive Director as of 1981. We were eager to work with her to assist us in our efforts to achieve our Mission and Imperative: To eliminate racism. Through her leadership we made great strides and are extremely proud of the work we did with Avon Corporation in the creation of the "Pink Ribbon". The proceeds for the sale of this piece of jewelry has not only helped support work for breast cancer throughout the nation but the symbol gives hope to all who employ it. For this we are grateful to Avon, the YWCA, and Gwen Baker's leadership.”
—Glendora Putman, President of the YWCA National Board (1985-1991)

“I have had the honor and privilege of working with Dr. Baker while she was the President of UNICEF (USC) during the time I was serving on the National Board. Under her leadership, Gwen's vision became a reality. She transformed the United States Committee into an organization that truly was multicultural, living its mission to help the children of the underserved world.”
—Neale Godfrey, CEO and Chairman of Children’s Financial Network

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  • 256 pages.
  • 21 B&W Photographs.
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  • Ebook
  • 2014
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  • 978-0-472-12067-3

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