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James R. Mapp in the News

James R. Mapp was first exposed to the media as a teenager in the mid-1940’s as he distinguished himself as valedictorian at the historic Howard High School, and as an Eagle Scout – the highest rank within the Boys Scouts of America.

However, it was as youth council president of the Chattanooga NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) that he wrote the first of many “Letters to the Editor” – decrying racism – as he unselfishly dedicated the rest his long life to civil rights advocacy and community leadership.

James R. Mapp


Viola Martin Mapp

Chattanooga, TN (April 21, 2016)

In a surprise move, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced the naming of the Viola Martin Mapp Conference Room during its rededication of the James R. Mapp Building. The building has been repurposed as the new Occupational and Physical Therapy Department for graduate level students.

A moving tribute to Mrs. Mapp was made by UTC Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Richard Brown, as he announced the honor and highlighted the "46 years and 4 month" marriage shared by Mr. & Mrs. Mapp during the height of the civil rights struggle which included the bombing of their home, numerous telephone threats, and acts of vandalism to their personal property.

That special announcement followed a spirited address by former State Representative and former UTC Professor, Dr. Tommie Brown which resulted in a standing ovation. She spoke lovingly of the role Mrs. Mapp played behind the scenes of the NAACP in mentoring Dr. Brown and other women in the art of community service.

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