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Dr. Keiffer Mitchell

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Profession

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Occupation(s):
Gastrointestinal Surgeon

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Born:
11/4/1941
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

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Occupation(s):
Gastrointestinal Surgeon

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Born:
11/4/1941
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Born in Baltimore on November 4, 1941, Dr. Keiffer J. Mitchell, Sr. was born into a family that was well known and respected in Baltimore's African American community. The grandson of Lillie Jackson, one of Baltimore's prominent leaders in the 1930s and 1940s, Mitchell had an equally impressive parentage. His father, Clarence Mitchell, became known as the "101st senator" for his political influence as a civil rights adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Mitchell's mother, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, was an NAACP activist. In childhood, Mitchell walked picket lines with his father during the civil rights movement.

Mitchell graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1959. He attended Morgan State University before transferring to Lincoln State College, where he received his B.A. in 1963. As a child, Mitchell had been an artist, but in high school he developed an interest in the sciences. His fascination with the sciences led him to medicine and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned his M.D. He went on to practice medicine, specializing as a gastrointestinal surgeon.

With activism in his blood, Mitchell added his own chapter to his family's proud history by fighting to ensure equal access to healthcare to Baltimore's African American community. He made this his lifelong passion. His son, Keiffer Mitchell, Jr., a teacher and city councilman in Baltimore, entered the political arena as a rising star in the state Democratic Party.

Mitchell resided in Baltimore until he passed away on August 18, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Keiffer Mitchell interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Keiffer Mitchell recalls his mother's date and place of birth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Keiffer Mitchell details his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Keiffer Mitchell shares his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Keiffer Mitchell describes his mother and her work for the NAACP
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Keiffer Mitchell discusses his father's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Keiffer Mitchell shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Keiffer Mitchell recounts attending a newly-integrated school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Keiffer Mitchell compares his experiences at segregated and newly-integrated middle schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Keiffer Mitchell discusses block busting Baltimore neighborhoods that resisted integration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Keiffer Mitchell recalls the experience of integrating an all-white school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Keiffer Mitchell lists notable African Americans from his neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Keiffer Mitchell reflects on his high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Keiffer Mitchell recounts his college years, including his Civil Rights Movement participation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Keiffer Mitchell remembers his medical school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Keiffer Mitchell recalls his medical school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Keiffer Mitchell discusses his grandmother's influence on his values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Keiffer Mitchell discusses health problems related to race
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Keiffer Mitchell cites problematic dietary habits that affect health
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Keiffer Mitchell discusses race related health issues
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Keiffer Mitchell reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Photo - Keiffer Mitchell's father, Clarence Mitchell, with Dorothy Height, A. Phillip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Lyndon B. Johnson discuss the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, ca. 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Photo - Keiffer Mitchell's father, Clarence Mitchell, and mother, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, ca. 1982
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Photo - Keiffer Mitchell, Baltimore, Maryland, 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Photo - Joseph Rauh, Lyndon Johnson and unidentified man, ca. 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Photo - Joseph Keiffer with one of his paintings, Baltimore, Maryland, 1984
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Photo - A painting by Keiffer Mitchell, 1994