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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Robert Mack Bell

Lane, Edgar Carey; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Appellate Court Judge and lawyer the Honorable Robert Mack Bell was born on July 6, 1943 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In 1960, he participated in a sit-in at a Baltimore restaurant, where he was arrested and convicted for trespassing. Bell was the lead defendant in the case's appeal, Bell v. Maryland, before the U.S. Supreme Court. After earning his A.B. degree from Morgan State College in 1966, he went on to receive his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1969. After several years in a law firm, Bell was appointed judge of the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City in 1975. He continued to climb, serving as judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore, the Court of Special Appeals in Maryland and the Court of Appeals of Maryland. In 1996, Bell became the first African American Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.
Performers
Racine Tucker Hamilton, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
137 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Robert Mack Bell
The Honorable Robert Mack Bell
Credits
Videographer, Edgar Carey Lane.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Baltimore, Maryland 2004 August 17.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 16 min., 49 sec.)) : sound, color
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