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Judge Robert Watts interview

Description

Judge Robert B. Watts (1922-1998) was a veteran, civil rights activist, and lawyer for the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He helped found the first Black law firm in Maryland, Brown, Allen, & Watts. In 1960, Watts became the first Black judge to be appointed to the Municipal Court of Baltimore City and in 1968, he was selected to be a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. In this interview, Watts provides his impressions of freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson, with whom he closely worked; Charles Houston, special counsel to the NAACP; and Theodore McKeldin, who had served as Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland. Watts discusses the consequences of the 1954 Supreme Court decision, which declared segregation in schools to be a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, and elaborates on his and Jackson’s mission to ensure the enforcement of the law in Baltimore City schools.

Date

1976-02-02

Contributor(s)

Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Robert B. Watts
Interviewer: Richard Richardson

Language(s)

Object ID

OH 8102

Extent

Audio: 66 minutes
Transcript: 41 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8102

Resource ID

10358

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital material is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.