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The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak, Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Arundel On The Bay, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
He’s An Old Blind Bear Alone In The Winter Woods, With Only The Smell Of His Breath For Comfort. Too Mean To Die, Too Old To Care. But Show Some Caution. He’s Still The Bear.

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1939
Birth Location:
St. Paul, Minnesota

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak, Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Arundel On The Bay, Maryland
Favorite Quote:
He’s An Old Blind Bear Alone In The Winter Woods, With Only The Smell Of His Breath For Comfort. Too Mean To Die, Too Old To Care. But Show Some Caution. He’s Still The Bear.

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1939
Birth Location:
St. Paul
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Biography

Former state Senator Clarence M. Mitchell III was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on December 14, 1939. A member of the illustrious Mitchell family of Baltimore, Mitchell grew up in Baltimore, attending the city’s public schools. After graduating from Gonzaga High School, Mitchell attended the University of Maryland and Morgan State University, earning his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Coming from a family well known for their commitment to advocacy, Mitchell was a cofounder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960; he also worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1963, Mitchell was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served until 1967; that year, he became the youngest person to serve in the Maryland State Senate. Mitchell remained in the Maryland Senate for nearly two decades, finally stepping down in 1986. While in the State Senate, Mitchell served as the deputy majority leader; the majority whip; the chairman of the executive nominations committee; the co-chair of the joint committee on federal relations; and was a member of the judicial proceedings committee. Mitchell also served as the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators from 1979 to 1981.

During his time in office, Mitchell was involved in a number of legislative achievements, including the creation of the Maryland Office of Minority Business Enterprise, and Maryland’s first Fair Employment Bill, which he sponsored. Mitchell served as a special advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey; he also served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980 and 1984.

Mitchell went on to become the president and CEO of Vanguard, Inc., an international government affairs, public relations, and business development consulting company; he also co-founded and served as chairman of the Center for the Study of Harassment of African Americans.

Hon. Clarence Mitchell passed away on October 10, 2012.

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  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III reflects on the loss of grassroots organizing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls a political lesson learned from Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about the heritage of political organizing that originated in the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell III details his mother's educational achievements
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell III recalls his mother's political work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III explains how his family combined activism with a legal strategy in their political work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about his father's early life and education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about his father's work for the NAACP
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III reflects on the legacy of his father's political career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III describes his father's loyalty to the NAACP and the cause of civil rights
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls his early childhood memories of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III explains the value of political organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about his elementary and junior high schools in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III remembers learning the similarity between the streets and the government
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III describes his experience at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III lists his extracurricular activities at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls his experience at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III remembers the founding conference for SNCC in 1960 at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III remembers Ella Baker
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about the split among black ministers regarding the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about his transition from treasurer of SNCC to his early political career in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls his brother's assault in Annapolis, Maryland in 1963
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls his campaign and election to the Maryland State Legislature
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls his first year as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about the origins of the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III recalls the aftermath of the Selma to Montgomery March
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about the Freedom Summer of 1964
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about his political consultancy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III explains the difference between national and local politics
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III talks about the disenfranchisement in Florida during the 2000 presidential election
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - The Honorable Clarence Mitchell, III details his recommendations for politically organizing the African American community