Jackie Nickel & 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 2008, 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.

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