Skip menu to read main page content

Lane Berk interview


Lane K. Berk (1928-2017) was a civil rights and social justice activist. She graduated from Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1946 and received a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College. In 1962, she was appointed to the Maryland Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, and the following year named an arbitrator for the Maryland Commission on Interracial Problems and Relations. In this oral history interview, Berk discusses her involvement in the Maryland civil rights movement during the 1960s, including Freedom Rides to protest discrimination by restaurants along Route 40 and the riots in Cambridge, Maryland. She also describes the relation between the women's movement and the civil rights movement.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Lane K. Berk
Interviewer: Ellen Paul

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 8146


Audio: 96 minutes
Transcript: 62 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8146

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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.