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The Honorable Michael Mitchell, Sr.

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Occupation(s):
State Senator

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Born:
11/7/1945
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

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Occupation(s):
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Biography

Member of the prominent Baltimore family of the same name, Michael Bowen Mitchell was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 7, 1945. His father, Clarence Mitchell, Jr., was a reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American and was director of the Washington, D.C., bureau of the NAACP for almost thirty years. His mother, Juanita Jackson, was a prominent attorney and civil rights activist. Mitchell graduated from the Baltimore City College High School in 1963. He then enrolled at Lincoln University, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1967. Mitchell went on to attend the University of Maryland School of Law, earning his J.D. degree in 1970.

With his family prominent in the Civil Rights Movement, Mitchell became involved at a young age in the movement himself, often joining his parents and family members in organizing demonstrations. By 1975, at the age of twenty-nine, Mitchell was serving on the Baltimore City Council, and in the 1980s, he was elected to the Maryland State Senate. Since then, he has been involved in a number of businesses. At the time of the interview, he was in charge of the Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson Museum. Jackson is Mitchell’s maternal grandmother and was an early fighter for civil rights. She was an influential counselor to Thurgood Marshall, and she was crucial in instigating “Buy Where You Can Work” campaigns in the greater Baltimore area, which then caught on nationwide. The museum stores the photos and papers of many members of the Mitchell family, including those of his parents.

Mitchell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 9, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Michael Mitchell interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michael Mitchell details the history of his community, Lafayette Square, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michael Mitchell reflects on Ronald Reagan's presidency
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michael Mitchell gives an overview of his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michael Mitchell names his father's classmates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michael Mitchell continues to name his father's classmates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michael Mitchell recalls his grandmother's background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michael Mitchell details his grandparents' courtship and early marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michael Mitchell describes his grandfather's background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michael Mitchell describes his grandparents' careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michael Mitchell describes the achievements of his aunt, Virginia Jackson Kiah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michael Mitchell describes the achievements of his mother, Juanita Elizabeth Jackson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michael Mitchell discusses the exodus of African Americans back to Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michael Mitchell recalls episodes in the life of his grandmother, Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michael Mitchell remembers his uncle and aunt, Karl and Marion Downs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michael Mitchell describes his parents' recollections of lynchings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michael Mitchell describes the courtship and marriage of his activist parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michael Mitchell discusses the births of his siblings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michael Mitchell describes his grandmother's values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michael Mitchell discusses the activism of his grandmother, Lillie Mae Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michael Mitchell recalls his grandmother's church performances
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michael Mitchell recalls his family's encounters with racial discrimination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michael Mitchell discusses opposition to the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michael Mitchell describes the reputation of his grandmother, Lillie Mae Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michael Mitchell details his father's background
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michael Mitchell recalls the hardships of the Depression
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michael Mitchell remembers his father's background
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michael Mitchell details the case of 'Murray v. Pearson'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michael Mitchell discusses Thurgood Marshall's own rejection from the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michael Mitchell recounts his father's surveillance by the FBI
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michael Mitchell recalls learning racial pride