Trailblazers: Congressman Parren J. Mitchell (part 2)

In part one, we looked at Parren Mitchell’s road to becoming the first African-American graduate student to take all of his classes on campus and receive a degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Mitchell’s graduation in 1952 was only the beginning for this legendary Marylander. After graduation, Mitchell returned to Morgan State College …

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Trailblazers: Congressman Parren J. Mitchell (part 1)

In our previous posts about integration at the University of Maryland (part 1, part 2), we briefly mentioned Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, who was the first African-American student to take graduate classes at the College Park campus. This two-part post will briefly tell the story of the man who went on to become Maryland’s first …

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Trailblazers: Integration at the University of Maryland (Part 2)

This is the second of two posts exploring the history of integration at the University of Maryland. Read part one here. The lawsuit resulting in Donald Murray’s admission to the University of Maryland School of Law in 1936 was an important step in breaking down Jim Crow policies of “separate but equal” facilities for higher …

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Trailblazers: Integration at the University of Maryland (Part 1)

This is the first of two posts about the history of integration at the University of Maryland. The history of racial integration at the University of Maryland is a long and complicated one, stretching back to the 1880s.  It is a story of false starts, half-measures and lawsuits that can be difficult to imagine today …

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