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Juanita Jackson Mitchell and Virginia Jackson Kiah interview, 1976


In this 1976 oral history interview for the McKeldin-Jackson Project, a follow-up to a 1975 interview for the same project, Virginia Jackson Kiah and Juanita Jackson Mitchell focus on the civil rights-related work of their mother, Lillie May Carroll Jackson. Topics include Lillie May Carroll Jackson's work as president of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), her role in the creation of the City-Wide Young People's Forum, the Buy Where You Can Work Campaign, and her "genius for organizing people and inspiring them to attack discrimination." The interview also includes discussion on the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Black Panthers, the Baltimore riots of 1968, and Lillie May Carroll Jackson's working relationship with Theodore R. McKeldin, who served as Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor.



Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Virginia Jackson Kiah
Interviewer: Charles Wagandt

Production Note

The McKeldin-Jackson Project was an effort to examine the Maryland civil rights movement of the mid-20th century through the medium of oral history by focusing on the roles played by pioneering freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and Theodore R. McKeldin, who was Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947, 1963-1967), Governor of Maryland (1951-1959), and an advocate for civil rights. The project was sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society and was supported in part by a grant from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy.


Object ID

OH 8097


Audio: 61 minutes
Transcript: 31 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8097

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

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