Parren J. Mitchell interview
Parren James Mitchell (1922-2007) was an activist, U.S. Congressman, and was the first Black individual elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Maryland. In this oral history interview, Mitchell discusses his entry into civil rights activism, including early recollections about the City-Wide Young People's Forum and picketing against segregation at Ford's Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. He further touches upon the Donald Murray civil rights case, desegregation efforts within the city of Baltimore, and the impacts of the passage of the Public Accommodations Law and Omnibus Civil Rights Act. Among the individuals Mitchell speaks about within the interview are freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson, politician Theodore McKeldin, and Baltimore Afro-American newspaper publisher Dr. Carl Murphy, among others.