Janise Mitchell was born to African American parents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell majored in communications and minored in theater at Temple University in Philadelphia. She later moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as a social studies teacher and lived in Park Slope, South Slope, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, and Marine Park.
"Around the late 60s and 70s all of the sudden you see a lot of “for sale” signs. And this was the period of “white flight.” Families that I knew all of the sudden, oh, you guys are moving? It really shattered a sense of security. I thought that we were all friends, but perhaps that was just from my lens. Maybe that’s what I was hoping but the reality — there was some underlying intention that I did not allow myself to become aware of."
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Date: February 21, 2014
Citation: Oral history interview with Janise Mitchell, 2014, 2011.019.075; Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations Oral History Collection, 2011.019; Brooklyn Historical Society.
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