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Nannette Kindle Mitchell

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
County Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood and dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Life Isn't Fair. It Doesn't Have To Be.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1946
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
County Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood and dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Life Isn't Fair. It Doesn't Have To Be.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1946
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Nannette Kindle Mitchell was born in Philadelphia on September 16, 1946, but moved to Richmond, Virginia, a year later after her father completed his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1951, Mitchell entered kindergarten at the school behind her home, a school that until that year had been an all-white school. Three years later, her uncle, Oliver Hill, moved into the house next door. Hill was a civil rights attorney who had written part of the Brown vs. Board of Education argument. The Ku Klux Klan burned crosses in their yards following Hill's arrival, and Mitchell's family was placed under police protection. During that time, her father would often sit outside her uncle's house with a gun to ensure that her uncle arrived safely home.

That same year, Mitchell was expelled from school because her parents refused to sign a document saying that the Board of Education could place students in any school it saw fit. The African American community pulled together, and the students continued their education in a church, with parents who worked as teachers writing the curriculum and stay-at-home parents teaching. Graduating from high school in 1964, Mitchell saw many of her friends arrested during sit-ins and protests.

Today, Mitchell works as a management assistant in the Baltimore County government. She has spent time working with the Baltimore Police Department and is now with the Department of Social Services. She is also still aware of the racial polarization of the country and has given speeches on the subject. Mitchell continues to counsel her children much the way her parents did her. She is also active in her community of Baltimore, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Franciscan Center, which provides emergency outreach and supportive assistance to the poor. Mitchell lived through a turbulent time and continues to fight for equality for all.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her maternal grandparents
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her family's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her mother and her own education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about growing up in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about attending Albert V. Norrell School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about briefly being forced to leave Albert V. Norrell Elementary School during desegregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell describes being shelter from racism as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell recalls her neighbor, HistoryMaker Oliver Hill, being targeted by the Klu Klux Klan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her brother's experience in integrated schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her favorite subjects and teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about Maggie L. Walker High School in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her high school career plans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about attending Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her marriage, pregnancy, and transfer to Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her time at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about adjusting to Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell talks about her son's early interest in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell reflects upon her hopes for her son's political career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nannette Kindle Mitchell narrates her photos