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The HistoryMakers video oral history with A. Dwight Pettit [electronic resource].

Other Title:
History Makers video oral history with A. Dwight Pettit
A. Dwight Pettit
Publication:
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Format/Description:
Video
1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 49 min., 25 sec.)) : sound, color.
Subjects:
African Americans -- Interviews.
Pettit, A. -- Interviews.
Form/Genre:
Oral histories.
Internet videos.
System Details:
digital
video file
Summary:
Trial lawyer Alvin Dwight Petit was born on September 29, 1945 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In 1958, his father, an engineer, initiated a lawsuit against Harford County, Maryland school officials. Represented by Thurgood Marshall, Petit won his suit, forcing the school system to integrate the all-white Aberdeen High School, from which he graduated in 1963. Petit earned his B.A. degree from Howard University in 1967, and his law degree from Howard in 1970. From 1970 until 1973, he worked as a trial attorney for the Small Business Administration. In 1973, Petit brought the first suit in the country against Maryland for discrimination in the bar examination. The case would lead to other states changing its testing practices. In 1973, Petit left the SBA and formed Mitchell, Petit, David and Gill and later his own practice. One of the most prominent criminal and personal injury attorneys in Maryland, he and his wife, Barbara, resided in Baltimore.
Participant:
Racine Tucker Hamilton, interviewer.
Credits:
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Notes:
Recorded Baltimore, Maryland 2004 August 25.
Contributor:
Pettit, A., interviewee.
Hamilton, Racine Tucker, interviewer.
Hickey, Matthew, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
OCLC:
998757555
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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