Civil Rights

Clarence Mitchell Jr

Clarence Mitchell Jr. was an influential civil rights leader and lobbyist in the United States. He was born on March 8, 1911, in Baltimore, Maryland, and died on March 19, 1984. Mitchell served as the chief lobbyist for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1950 to 1978. During his tenure, he played a crucial role in advancing civil rights legislation and fighting against racial discrimination in the United States. Mitchell’s lobbying efforts were instrumental in the passage of several key civil rights bills, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, 1964, and 1968, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Clarence Mitchell and President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Mitchell was the leader

As the NAACP’s principal lobbyist, Mitchell worked tirelessly to secure support for civil rights legislation from members of Congress and played a vital role in building coalitions with other organizations and influential individuals. His work included meeting with lawmakers, negotiating compromises, and advocating for equal rights and justice for African Americans.

Mitchell’s contributions to the civil rights movement earned him the nickname the “101st Senator” due to his effective lobbying efforts in the halls of Congress. He was known for his strategic skills, persuasive arguments, and commitment to advancing civil rights for African Americans.

Mitchell Family. Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Clarence Mitchell III (standing), Clarence Mitchell, Jr., and Keiffer Mitchell.

Clarence Mitchell Jr. dedicated his life to the fight for racial equality and justice, leaving a significant impact on the civil rights movement in the United States. His efforts helped shape the legislative landscape and paved the way for greater equality and civil rights protections for African Americans.

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