Voices Across the Color Line oral history recordings
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Voices Across the Color Line oral history recordings

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Atlanta History Center
Title: Voices Across the Color Line oral history recordings
Dates: 2005-2006
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft.
Identification: ahc.VIS180

Biographical/Historical Note

This collection consists of 36 interviews conducted during a six month period in 2005 and 2006. The project, headed by Dr. Carole Merritt of the Atlanta History Center staff, collected audio and video tape the memories of individuals active in the Civil Rights Movement. This oral history program was developed as a means to expand the information regarding Civil Rights activities in Atlanta and in Georgia. The project was funded from several sources, including the Georgia Humanities Council. Staff members at the Atlanta History Center, working with Dr. Merritt, identified individuals within the Civil Rights movement that provided a unique perspective on the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Merritt scheduled and conducted all of the interviews. The transcribing and editing of the oral histories was completed by the staff of the James G. Kenan Research Center.


Scope and Content Note

The bulk of these oral histories deal with the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta. Specific events mentioned include the student movement centering on Atlanta University; The Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR); creation and publication of the Atlanta Enquirer newspaper; the organization of the Atlanta Committee of Cooperative Action (ACCA), the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and activities to desegregate city buses and restaurants. Other topics that are discussed on the tapes include desegregation of the public schools and libraries and the organization of Help Our Public Education (H.O.P.E.). In addition, the relationship between local activists and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) are discussed. Among the specific interviews, desegregation of Atlanta schools is discussed by Pearlie Dove, Robert Edge, John Sibley, Portia Harden Potts, and Muriel Lokey. Lonnie King, Jesse Hill, Alton Hornsby, and Charles Black discuss the activities tied to the Student Movement at Atlanta University. Although the primary focus of the project was the documentation of Atlantans and their involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, events in Georgia and the Southeast were also collected. Of particular importance is the discussion of the St. Augustine Movement, a series of demonstrations that are said to have guaranteed passage and the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Other discussions include work in desegregating educational facilities throughout the country, and discrimination and segregation in the United States Army in the 1950s and 1960s.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by lastname of interviewee.


Index Terms

African Americans--History
Albany (Ga.)
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta University Center (Ga.)
Birmingham (Ala.)
Black, Charles A.
Bolden, Willie, 1938-
Boone, Alethea Williams
Boone, Joseph E., 1922-2006
Brown, Tucker
Chattanooga (Tenn.)
Clayton, Xernona
Coleman, George, 1922-2008
Curry, Constance, 1933-
Dillard, Morris
Douglas, Lydia
Dove, Pearlie C.
Edge, Robert
Education--Georgia--Atlanta
Fowlkes, William, 1914-
Gaines, Billie Davis, 1937-
Georgia. General Assembly. Committee on Schools.
Glustrom, John
Hill, Jesse, 1926-
Holmes, Herbert, 1944-
Hornsby, Alton
Hudson, John Davis
King, Lonnie
Lokey, Muriel
Luker, Ralph
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Parham, Johnny, 1937-
Pendergrast, Nan, 1920-
Poor People's Campaign
Potts, Portia Harden
Powell, Faye Bellamy
Race relations
Racism--Georgia--Atlanta
Religion
Ricks, Willie Floyd, 1943-
Segregation--Georgia--Atlanta
Selma (Ala.)
Sibley, John
Smith, John B.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Swann, Ernest, 1947-
Vivian, C. T.
Wade, Lyndon A., (Lyndon Anthony), 1934-
Warner, Clinton E., 1927-
Young Men's Christian Associations of North America.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Voices Across the Color Line oral history recordings, VIS 180, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Collected by staff.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2009.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


Related Material

Voices Across the Color Line oral history transcriptions, MSS 990, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center


Note

Voices Across the Color Line Oral History Project, VIS 180, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center


Container List

 

Location

AV 180.01VIS 180.01 Black, Charles, Atlanta University Center Student Movement (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 Sept. 16
 

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AV 180.02VIS 180.02 Bolden, Willie, working with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the St. Augustine Movement (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 March 21
 

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AV 180.03VIS 180.03 Boone, Althea and Joseph, working with SCLC, activities with the Poor Peoples Campaign (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 April 3
 

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AV 180.04VIS 180.04 Clayton, Xernona, working with Martin Luther King, Jr. (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 March 23
 

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AV 180.05VIS 180.05 Coleman, George , military service in the 1950s and reporting for the Atlanta Daily World newspaper (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 February 7
 

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AV 180.06VIS 180.06 Curry, Constance, work with SNCC and COAHR (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 October 25
 

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AV 180.07VIS 180.07 Dillard, Morris, Atlanta University Center Student Movement, Rich’s demonstration (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 October 11
 

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AV 180.08VIS 180.08 Douglas, Lydia Tucker Brown, Atlanta University Center Student Movement (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 January 4
 

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AV 180.09VIS 180.09 Dove, Pearlie, Atlanta education and segregation in the 1940s and 1950s (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 January 12
 

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AV 180.10VIS 180.10 Edge, Robert, the Sibley Commission, desegregation of education and business in Atlanta (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 August 18
 

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AV 180.11VIS 180.11 Fowlkes, William, reporter for the Atlanta Daily World and the Pittsburgh Courier (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 February 14
 

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AV 180.12VIS 180.12 Gaines, Billie Davis, education and desegregation in Atlanta schools (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 February 16
 

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AV 180.13VIS 180.13 Glustrom, John (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 May 15
 

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AV 180.14VIS 180.14 Hill, Jesse, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, ACCA, Atlanta University Center Student Movement (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 February 23
 

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AV 180.15VIS 180.15 Holmes, Herbert, Tuskeegee Institute, desegregating golf courses in Georgia, SNCC (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 February 23
 

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AV 180.16VIS 180.16 Hornsby, Alton, Morehouse College, sit-ins at the State Capitol, demonstrations at Rich’s and Atlanta Public Library (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 January 26
 

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AV 180.17VIS 180.17 Hudson, J. D. [John Davis], desegregation of Atlanta City Police Dept (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 May 10
 

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AV 180.18VIS 180.18 King, Lonnie, Atlanta University Center Student Movement leader (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 November 21
 

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AV 180.19VIS 180.19 Lokey, Muriel, desegregation of public schools and organizer of Help Our Public Education (HOPE) (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 January 4
 

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AV 180.20VIS 180.20 Luker, Ralph, SNCC, NAACP and the Albany movement (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 November 22
 

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AV 180.21VIS 180.21 Parham, Johnny, member of COAHR, demonstrations to desegregate buses and demonstration at Sprayberry’s restaurant (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 December 21
 

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AV 180.22VIS 180.22 Pendergast, Nan, integration of Atlanta public libraries, bus stations and airport (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 January 10
 

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AV 180.23VIS 180.23 Potts, Portia Harden, Desegregation of Bass High School (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 May 3
 

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AV 180.24VIS 180.24 Powell, Faye Bellamy, involvement with SNCC (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 January 19
 

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AV 180.25VIS 180.25 Ricks, Willie, growing up in Chattanooga, SNCC and SNCC, Lowndes County, GA (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 January 24 and 2006 March 16
 

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AV 180.26VIS 180.26 Sibley, John, segregation in the South, father’s work on the Sibley Commission (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 September 28
 

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AV 180.27VIS 180.27 Smith, John, creation and publishing the Atlanta Inquirer newspaper (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 October 4
 

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AV 180.28VIS 180.28 Swann, Ernest, efforts to integrate public schools in Atlanta, 1960s (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 April 20
 

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AV 180.29VIS 180.29 Vivian, C. T. (Cordy Tindell), Growing up in the Midwest, issues of race and nonviolence and work with SCLC and desegregation activities in the South (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2006 March 9, 2006 March 15, and 2006 April 6
 

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AV 180.30VIS 180.30 Wade, Lyndon, Atlanta Urban League, segregation in Atlanta (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 November 1
 

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AV 180.31VIS 180.31 Warner, Clinton, desegregating Atlanta neighborhoods, the Peyton Wall and working with the African-American business community of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Committee of Cooperative Action (Transcript available in MSS 990), 2005 August 16 and 2005 September 8