Black and White Men Together records
Collection number: ahc.MSS903
Scope and Content
The collection consists of: a full set of monthly BWMT/Atlanta newsletters; newsletters of the National Association of Black and White Men Together and of affiliated chapters from around the country; papers regarding steering committee business and special projects undertaken by BWMT/Atlanta; convention materials, reports and correspondence generated by the National Association and its regional conferences; miscellaneous flyers, brochures, and publications from outside organizations involved in related gay, minority, and/or interracial issues.
- Black and White Men Together (Atlanta, Ga.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
Black and White Men Together/Atlanta (BWMT/Atlanta) was founded in late 1981 and published its first newsletter in February 1982. It is affiliated with the National Association of Black and White Men Together begun a year earlier in San Francisco by founder Michael J. Smith. The organization’s Statement of Purpose reads: “BWMT is a gay multi-cultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized. To these ends, we engage in educational, political, cultural, and social activities as a means of dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia, and other inequities in our community and our lives.” Activities of the organization include publishing a monthly newsletter and hosting potlucks, social outings and rap groups. BWMT/Atlanta has also undertaken special projects which involved the larger Atlanta gay community: The Atlanta Anti-Discrimination Project, 1983-84, which discouraged local bar owners from requiring multiple IDs and extra cover charges from people of color; The AIDS Education Committee, 1985, and The National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFAP), 1988-1991, both of which gathered data regarding the prevention of AIDS in minority communities. BWMT/Atlanta also joined other NABWMT affiliated chapters for the 1993 March on Washington, resulting in its photo being published on the front page of the Monday, April 26, 1993 edition of the Atlanta Constitution. A number of local activists in the larger Black gay community were first nurtured within Black and White Men Together, including Hubert Alexander, Melvin Ross, Duncan Teague, and Kenneth A. Johnson.
4.5 linear ft. (9 document cases; 1 oversize folder)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged in chronological order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2013.
- Gay bars -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Gay liberation movement -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- History -- Sources
- Gay liberation movement -- United States
- Gay male couples -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Gay men -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Male homosexuality -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Biequal Rights and Liberation, Washington, 1993
- Minorities -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- National Association of Black and White Men Together
- Race relations
- Black and White Men Together records
- Finding aid prepared by
- January 2013
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- Finding aid is written in English.