Walter Sondheim interview
Walter Sondheim, Jr. (1908-2007) was a civil rights leader and President of the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners. He was heavily involved in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s downtown district, and he pushed for the desegregation of Baltimore City schools. In this oral history interview, Sondheim discusses his fight to eliminate discrimination in department stores and desegregate Baltimore City schools. He recalls acting as an unofficial intermediary between the department stores and Walter White, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He discusses his personal relationship with Theodore R. McKeldin, and offers his thoughts on McKeldin as both governor and mayor. Sondheim further discusses the competitiveness that arose between the NAACP and the Urban League, particularly with the handling of desegregation in Baltimore City schools.