Potts (Lillian M.) Papers

Robert F Kennedy crowd of smiling onlookers
Lillian Potts next to Robert Kennedy at re-elect Jeffery Cohelan banquet, circa 1960s, Lillian M. Potts papers, MS 88, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Lillian M. Potts (1917-2010) was born on November 16, 1917 in Eudora, Arkansas. In 1943, she met and married Weilan Potts and the couple moved to Berkeley, California. After working as a primary school teacher in Arkansas and California, she worked for the California Equal Employment Opportunity Commission until her retirement in 1980. Both Weilan and Lillian Potts were active in advocating for civil rights issues and were active in the N.A.A.C.P., with Weilan chairing the G.I. Assistance Committee in 1951 and Lillian acting as an advisor to the Berkeley Youth Council for five years during the 1960s. Lillian was also active in a number of civic and political organizations serving as president of the 20th Century Democratic Club and the Berkeley Victory Democratic Club, and treasurer of the FEPC Employment Commission.

The Lillian M. Potts papers include correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, ephemera, reports, and brochures documenting her involvement in California politics and civic and civil rights organizations.

Dates: 1937-1998
Collection number: MS 88
Creator: Potts, Lillian M.
Collection Size: .75 linear feet (2 boxes + 1 oversized box)

Guide to the Lillian M. Potts Papers

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