BALTIMORE, MD – Today City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will introduce a City Council and Mayor resolution naming March 8, 2011 Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Day in Baltimore City in celebration of the 100th birthday of one of the nation’s greatest public servants and civil rights activists.
Mr. Mitchell (March 8, 1911 - March 19, 1984) was born into a humble, working class family in Baltimore, and through hard work and perseverance rose to the halls of the United States Congress, where he became known affectionately as the 101st U.S. Senator for tirelessly pursuing the passage of a comprehensive series of civil rights laws. Mr. Mitchell was the pivotal force leading to Congressional passage of various landmark civil rights laws, including the 1957 Civil Rights Act, the 1960 Civil Rights Act, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. In 1969 he was honored by the NAACP with the Spingarn Medal, which is awarded annually to individuals who perform acts of distinguished merit and achievement. Mr. Mitchell simultaneously served as the NAACP’s chief lobbyist and regional director for 30 years.
“Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. will always be remembered as a great Baltimorean who spent his life working to strengthen our city and nation,” Council President Young said. “He fought for what he believed in, inspired a generation, and left an enduring legacy. The City of Baltimore is proud to honor Mr. Mitchell and his countless good works.”