“But what I did do was carry myself with dignity and respect, and I hope I made it easier for the next guy or woman coming along, so that there wouldn’t be any hesitation. Because I have to think that, with the way folks thought back then, was that the reason no one had been appointed was because with whatever stereotypes they had of black people, they said, ‘Well, maybe a black person can’t handle it, or whatever.’ Well, I hope I helped knock down some of those myths. So in that way, I did my part.”—Frank Mitchell, August 6, 2008
Page, U.S. House of Representatives
Discrimination in the Capitol
Representative Kanjorski discusses racial relations at the Capitol during his Page service.
Significance of Being the First Female Page for the House of Representatives
Reflections on the lifetime impact of the Page experience.
Memories of Historic Legislation
Civil Rights legislation and reflections on breaking racial barriers in the House of Representatives.
Consequences of Historic Appointment
Representative Dellums reflects on how his appointment to the House Armed Services Committee affected the Congressional Black Caucus.
First African-American Member on the House Armed Services Committee
Representative Dellums describes an important meeting with Speaker of the House Carl Albert of Oklahoma, and his historic appointment to the House Armed Services Committee.
Sharing a Chair on the First Day
Representative Dellums recalls the unusual circumstances he and Congresswoman Pat Schroeder of Colorado faced on their first day on the House Armed Services Committee.
Honoring Ernest Petinaud
Representative Paul Findley of Illinois remembers when the House honored longtime House Restaurant employee, Ernest Petinaud.
Selecting an African-American Page from the Land of Lincoln
Representative Paul Findley of Illinois describes how Frank Mitchell became a House Page.
Representative Paul Findley of Illinois remembers Frank Mitchell, the first modern-era African-American House Page.
On Being the First African-American Woman on the Force
Arva Marie Johnson reflects on what it meant to be the first African-American woman on the Capitol Police Force.