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 address issues of cultural diversity.
Named for the late Juanita Jackson Mitchell, a Baltimorean and an internationally renowned advocate of human rights whose granddaughters have attended 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.
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.
For over ten years, through its collection of books, multi-media resources, instructional materials and displays, the Center has been committed to fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultures that make up the fabric of America.
The Center's materials, including its extensive collection of books, are also available to members of RPCS's coordinate schools, Gilman and Bryn Mawr, and the community at large through inter-library loan.
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.
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 2010 through February 2011- Displayed at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free LibrarySeptember 7 – October 19 One Thread from the Rich Fabric of Baltimore’s Neighborhoods: Patterson ParkOctober 22 –November 30 The Changing Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate (Humanites Texas)December 3 – January 11 Cookbooks from Around the WorldJanuary 14- February 22 Sisters, Soldiers: Black Women and the Modern MilitaryFebruary 25 – April 4 Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service)April 8 – April 30 No Women, No PeaceMay 1 – May 31 Legacy of the Middle East (Humanities Texas)
Date TBD The Changing Face of Power: Women in the U.S. SenateFebruary 1, 2013 Sisters, Soldiers: Black Women and the Modern Military