Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

March 1, 1947

On March 1, 1947, the New York Amsterdam News ran a photo of four members of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) picketing outside of Ford’s Theater. Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Edna Johnson, Elizabeth Meljer, and Beatrice Martin protested the theater’s segregated seating policy.

Juanita Jackson Mitchell became an important civil rights figure in Baltimore and Maryland. She was the first African-American woman to practice law in Maryland and, in 1959, she was approved to practice before the United States Supreme Court. “Nothing is ever impossible,” Mitchell told a Baltimore Clubwomans luncheon in 1960.  “We should give our energy and talents, courage and wisdom to make the impossible a reality. This is a time to push, reach out and train our girls for leadership; to help them develop pride in themselves.”

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