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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Lillian Burke

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Judge Lillian Walker Burke was born in Thomaston, Georgia in 1915 and grew up in Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. degree in education from Ohio State University in 1947; her law degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1951. While pursuing her law degree, Burke worked as a teacher in Cleveland. After graduating from law school, she served three years as an Ohio assistant attorney general, specializing in workmen's compensation. She was later appointed to the Ohio Industrial Commission by Governor James Rhodes, and served in that capacity for three years. She became the first African American woman to sit on the bench in the State of Ohio with her appointment to the Cleveland Municipal Court in January 1969. She was elected to that office in November 1969, and she served until her retirement in 1987. The Honorable Lillian Burke passed away on March 27, 2012 at age 97.
Performers
Regennia Williams, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
165 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Lillian Burke
The Honorable Lillian Burke
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Cleveland, Ohio 2004 June 17.
Description
1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 44 min., 21 sec.)) : sound, color
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