Pembroke SISTERS Marva E. Dates Belt ’57, far right, and her sister Loretta Dates Shields ’60, far left—shown with Marjorie Filson Zettler ’60, back row center, and Mary Ann Filson Smith ’57, standing front—were the only two Black women pictured in the 1957 yearbook. Dates Belt was a first-generation-to-college student from Baltimore at a time when that city’s public schools were entirely segregated, she told her niece, Karen E. Dates Dunmore ’86, in a conversation recorded by the Pembroke Center Oral History Project in October 2018. “I don’t think I had ever seen a white person until I got to high school,” Dates Belt said. “The thing that kind of disturbs me even this many years on is that there were no expectations.” Dates Belt added that she felt welcomed amongst the “smart, determined” women on College Hill. She studied American Civilization, went to Simmons College for her master’s degree, and worked at Boston Public Library before returning to Baltimore, launching a long and successful career at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. She married a fellow librarian; they were active in the civil rights movement and were members of the Maryland Congress of Racial Equality, said the Baltimore Sun. Dates Belt died in December 2018.