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Case 3: Citations and Service with Other Organizations

Littleton Mitchell was heavily involved with many community, state, and national organizations such as the New Castle Progressive Club, Delaware Alliance Federal Credit Union, and Delaware Humanities Forum. From 2002-2004 he served on the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission as a presidential appointee representing Delaware. Mitchell also had an important role in state government, serving as part of the Governor of Delaware's Advisory Council on Affirmative Action and as a member of the New Castle County Executive's Transition team. Because of his involvement in state organizations, he had personal and professional relationships with many influential Delaware politicians.

Throughout his life, Mitchell received numerous awards and citations recognizing his service as a civil rights activist, educator, military veteran, and distinguished citizen. He also frequently visited Delaware schools and spoke to students about the Civil Rights movement, his own experiences with racism, and his time with the Tuskegee Airmen.

Selected items on display:

  1. Delaware State Police recognition of service award, 2004
  2. American Legion award recognizing the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to Mitchell, 2007.
  3. NAACP Distinguished Service Award, 1992.
  4. Letter from Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., thanking Lit for his support and friendship, 1984.
  5. Photos of Mitchell with Delaware politicians Joseph R. Biden, Michael Castle, Thomas Carper, and Chris Coons, 2000-2004.
  6. Letter thanking Lit for speaking to students about civil rights, 1971.
  7. Letter from a middle school student describing his impressions of Lit following a school visit, 1997.
  8. Group photo of the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission members, 2003.
  9. Assorted buttons collected by Mitchell, undated.

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