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Virginia Jackson Kiah interview


Virginia Jackson Kiah (1911-2001) was the daughter of Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson and the sister of Juanita Jackson Mitchell, as well as an artist and activist in her own right. She served as a membership and then promotional secretary for the Baltimore, Maryland, branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She also painted portraits of famous Black leaders such as Mary McLeod Bethune. In this oral history interview, Kiah discusses the internal workings of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP and how local individuals and church leaders impacted the organization’s efforts. Kiah also explores her relationship with her mother, as both a motivational force and an obstacle, particularly when it came to her marriage to Dr. Calvin Kiah.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Virginia Jackson Kiah
Interviewer: Leroy Graham

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 8126


Audio: 60 minutes
Transcript: 32 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8126

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

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