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JJM Multicultural Resource Center

When we meet the Maker I know the most important question he will ask is what did we do with the children.” - Juanita Jackson Mitchell

The Juanita Jackson Mitchell Multicultural Resource Center

Named for the late Juanita Jackson Mitchell, a Baltimorean and an internationally renowned advocate of human rights two of whose granddaughters have graduated from RPCS, the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Multicultural Resource Center provides the RPCS community with an extensive library collection, exhibitions, activities, guest speakers and performances throughout the academic year, all related to creating a better understanding of and appreciation for the many different cultures in the world. It is the only independent school resource center of its kind in the area.

Juanita Jackson Mitchell believed that racism played no part in humankind. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams and believed that they could make a difference. The Mitchell family has a legacy at RPCS. Juanita’s granddaughters Micah Mitchell Hines, 1995 and  Juanita Mitchell, 2001 were graduates and currently her great granddaughter Kenna Mitchell, 2022 is in the Middle School.
 
Thanks to the generosity of Michael Bowen Mitchell, the third son of Mrs. Mitchell, the JJMMRC was given access to a treasure trove of family photographs and memorabilia through which the story of Juanita Jackson Mitchell’s life is told in Crusader for Freedom – a traveling exhibit.  

The academic and moral development of each student is encouraged and nurtured through a program that combines individual attention, rigorous academics and an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. With this in mind, RPCS has created a resource center specifically to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultures that make up the fabric of America.

 

Mission Statement

The Juanita Jackson Mitchell Multicultural Resource Center was established to develop and house a collection of multicultural resources within the Faissler Library of Roland Park Country School.

Believing that through knowledge, one can develop a greater understanding, tolerance and respect for all people and cultures, our goal is to provide a place where students can study in depth the cultures that are reflected in the RPCS community, the United States and the world at large.

From the beginning, through its collection of books, multi-media resources, instructional materials, exhibits, assemblies and workshops, the Center has been committed to  fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultures that make up  the fabric of America.

The Juanita Jackson Mitchell: Crusader for Freedom Traveling Exhibit

The Juanita Jackson Mitchell: Crusader for Freedom Traveling Exhibit was created by the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Multicultural Resource Center of Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland in the spring of 2009.  Thanks to the generosity of Michael Bowen Mitchell, the third son of Mrs. Mitchell, the center was given access to a treasure trove of family photographs and memorabilia through which the story of her life is told.  Juanita Jackson Mitchell crusaded against discrimination, using the courts as her platform.  She served as counsel in lawsuits to eliminate segregation in municipal recreation facilities, swimming pools, restaurants, and public schools in Maryland.  Her efforts in support of Brown vs. Board of Education resulted in making Maryland the first southern state to integrate its school system after the 1954 Supreme Court decision.  She was one of the first African-American women to attend the University of Maryland Law School and the first African-American woman to practice law in the state of Maryland.

Important Dates

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  • Exhibit Venues

    May/June 2009 - Opened at the Ralph Bunche Library at the U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.

    February through April 2010 – The first exhibit to appear on the Ruth and Jay Lenrow Gallery wall at the Athenaeum at Goucher College

    September 8, 2010 - March 2011 - Enoch Pratt Free Library - Central Branch, Baltimore, MD

    April/May 2013 - Minnesota State Capitol Building, St. Paul, MN

    November 2013 - September 2014 - Miller Senate Building, Annapolis, MD
  • JJMRC 2015 - 2016 Exhibit Schedule

    September 7 – October 16  
    Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  (NMAAHC)

    October 19 – November 30  
    Voces Americanas: Latino: Literature in the United States (Humanities Texas)

    December 1 – January 8  
    Coin Banks from Around the World

    January 11 – April 5
    Africa in the Americas-Slavery in Spanish and Portuguese Realms (Humanities Texas)

    April 6– May 25th  
    Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America (Mid-America Arts Alliance)


  • Special Assemblies

    October 21, 2015
    Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    February 18, 2016
    Making a Difference: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement