Jackie Nickel and MLK: Champions of Courage remembered


Kevin McDonough: “Ms. Nickel taught me to fight for what I believe in.”

As the nation honored courageous civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  this past Monday, we recall another, local, “champion of courage,” Jackie Nickel (1942-2007), whose legacy lives on in her East Baltimore community and the heart of a young boy named Kevin McDonough. Back in 2010, the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel student cited both Dr. King and Nickel – an Essex Times and Avenue News reporter, local historian, and community activist – as role models who taught him to fight for what he believes in.

Following is Kevin’s video tribute to Jackie Nickel.

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2 Responses to Jackie Nickel and MLK: Champions of Courage remembered

  1. Vicky cornell says:

    I am proud to say that I was Jackie ‘s co editor for 17 years at the avenue newspaper. She would be thrilled to know that she impacted the life of this young man as she was the proud mother of three wonderful men and grandmother to Nicholas Nickel. She loved our community and spent her life working for its betterment. I miss her greatly. Thank you for noting her work.

  2. Vicky! We were just talking about you the other day.
    I have to go scan a bunch of old papers you and my mom
    edited before they toss them. Still have to go through my mom’s stuff – lots of great stuff in her files. Good ole days…

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