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King Collection - Atlanta Student Movement
King Collection - Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2012/12/12
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Atlanta Student Movement Banks  2 HR
Atlanta Student Movement Banks 2 HR
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
Atlanta Student Movement Black   HR
Atlanta Student Movement Black HR
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
Tiffany Mason- I found it in the Archives (The Atlanta Student Movement)
Tiffany Mason- I found it in the Archives (The Atlanta Student Movement)
Published: 2011/02/14
Channel: Tiffanymason2009
Atlanta Student Movement leader Charles Black
Atlanta Student Movement leader Charles Black
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: Cj Stewart
The Atlanta Student Movement and Lonnie King Jr.
The Atlanta Student Movement and Lonnie King Jr.
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Colleen Donald
Real life #ATLANTA  #MOVEMENT  #STREETLIFE  #SUPPORT  ALLDAY KEEP IT LIT
Real life #ATLANTA #MOVEMENT #STREETLIFE #SUPPORT ALLDAY KEEP IT LIT
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: PHITH YOURBRO FROM DA SOUTH
Atlanta Student Movement
Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: ASALH Atlanta Branch
Charles Black | Atlanta Student Movement
Charles Black | Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2014/09/07
Channel: Sheila Pree Bright
Atlanta Movement
Atlanta Movement
Published: 2012/06/07
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ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 11
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 11
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
Atlanta Student Movement BLANDING HR 2
Atlanta Student Movement BLANDING HR 2
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 20
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 20
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2016/04/15
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Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Michael Bond
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Michael Bond
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
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Channel: Michael Bond
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Michael Bond
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: Michael Bond
Atlanta Student Movement Banks  1 ASM
Atlanta Student Movement Banks 1 ASM
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
An Appeal for Human Rights, March, 1960
An Appeal for Human Rights, March, 1960
Published: 2010/03/15
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Atlanta Student Movement BLANDING ASM 1
Atlanta Student Movement BLANDING ASM 1
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Michael Bond
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Horace J. Bond speaks on Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Michael Bond
Atlanta Student Movement Banks Black  1 ASM
Atlanta Student Movement Banks Black 1 ASM
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
SIS Interviews Members of the Atlanta Student Movement
SIS Interviews Members of the Atlanta Student Movement
Published: 2010/04/16
Channel: Spelman College
VTS 01 1
VTS 01 1
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Michael Bond
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 3
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 3
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
Lonnie C. King, Jr. on Student Movements and the Civil Rights Movement
Lonnie C. King, Jr. on Student Movements and the Civil Rights Movement
Published: 2012/02/19
Channel: UGA SocialWork
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 8
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 8
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
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ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 6
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
ASM Interview 3 General Larry Platt 4
ASM Interview 3 General Larry Platt 4
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Michael Bond
POPE   ASM BLVD
POPE ASM BLVD
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
VIDEO TS
VIDEO TS
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Michael Bond
VTS 01 1
VTS 01 1
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Michael Bond
VTS 01 3
VTS 01 3
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Michael Bond
Power to Inspire Human Rights Summit - Part 3
Power to Inspire Human Rights Summit - Part 3
Published: 2015/07/31
Channel: AIB
DILLARD  HR 1
DILLARD HR 1
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
POPE   HR 2
POPE HR 2
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
VTS 01 3
VTS 01 3
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Michael Bond
City Talk, April 2014, 1st Edition
City Talk, April 2014, 1st Edition
Published: 2014/04/04
Channel: AtlantaCityChannel26
VTS 01 4
VTS 01 4
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Michael Bond
BOND   ASM BLVD
BOND ASM BLVD
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Michael Bond
CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND @ CAU HOMECOMING PARADE 2011
CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND @ CAU HOMECOMING PARADE 2011
Published: 2011/10/08
Channel: CCGalatoire
Ron Wilson
Ron Wilson
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Michael Bond
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 12
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 12
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
ASM_Interview 47_Frank Smith
ASM_Interview 47_Frank Smith
Published: 2016/04/01
Channel: Michael Bond
Project 1960:  Meet Lonnie C. King Part 1
Project 1960: Meet Lonnie C. King Part 1
Published: 2013/11/18
Channel: Sheila Pree Bright
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 7
ASM_Interview 46_Dick Gregory 7
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Michael Bond
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The Atlanta Student Movement was formed between February and March 1960 in Atlanta by students of the campuses Atlanta University Center (AUC).[1][2] It was led by the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR) and was part of the Civil Rights Movement.

History[edit]

On February 5, 1960[3] Lonnie King and Julian Bond discussed the idea of following in the foot steps of the Greensboro sit-ins with the idea to organize similar actions in Atlanta. King, Bond and fellow members of the All-University Student Leadership Group were soon summoned to a meeting with the presidents of all six Atlanta University Center (AUC) colleges. In an attempt to lessen the likeliehood of immediate direct action (such as organizing Sit-ins), the AUC challenged the students to instead write a document outlining their position.[4]

Committee on Appeal for Human Rights[edit]

The students, while considering the proposal of the creation of a document a delaying tactic, did begin work on such a document. King, Bond, Roslyn Pope, Herschelle Sullivan, Carolyn Long, Frank Smith, Joseph Pierce, among others students formed formed a committee that drafted an appeal to describe both their complaints as well as their desired goals for proposed change. This Committee on Appeal for Human Rights drafted An Appeal for Human Rights, which was originally published on March 9, 1960.[5] The Appeal focused on putting an end to the unjust system of racial segregation that was present in every aspect of their society—something the students would simply no longer stand by and accept.[3] The students considered it to be the right time for change, and considered the changes they desired achievable by nonviolent means.

Sit-ins[edit]

Within six days of the publication of An Appeal for Human Rights, the students began the Atlanta Student Movement sit-ins on March 15, 1960, which were an integral part of the 1960s sit-in movement of the Civil Rights Movement.[4] Following in the footsteps of the Greensboro sit-ins, the Atlanta sit-ins were chosen as a form of protest "not only because it was commensurate with the religious roots of Southern Negroes, but also because it was more likely to gain allies among a section of the dominant white majority".[6]

A sit in organised by the Atlanta Student Movement on October 19, 1960 "led to the well-publicised arrest of Dr. King".[7]

Achievements[edit]

The Atlanta Student Movement greatly impacted both racial tensions in Atlanta and nationally. According to Bond, the sit-ins saw '"black property owners put up bond which probably amounted to $100,000" to get sit-in demonstrators released from jail'.[8] The sit-ins also helped to engage American youth, bringing a younger generation of leaders to the fore and [generating] intense press coverage".[9] In mainstream news, an ABC programme showed Atlanta "as the city where, in the programmes title, 'It Can Be Done', referring to the city's reputation for inter-racial cooperation".[9]

Overall, the "disruption caused by sit-ins" organised by the Atlanta Student Movement "inspired the effort to desegregate peacefully",[10] as well as aiding in creating "a political crisis for candidates during the presidential election campaign".[7]

Legacy[edit]

The original work on An Appeal for Human Rights begun by members of the Atlanta Student Movement continues into the present, with periodic reviews in 2000, and 2010. These include the 40th Anniversary An Appeal for Human Rights v.II,[11][12] 2010 - An Appeal for Human Rights vIII) by means of a review, reflection, and revision process by original members of COAHR.[13][14]

Along with the lasting social effects that the Movement brought about, a more tangible legacy can be found near the West End of Atlanta, where Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard (formerly Fair Street) cuts through campus of Clark Atlanta University. The street was named as such in a dedication ceremony on November 1, 2010, hosted by Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta.[15]

New Appeal for Human Rights[edit]

On May 16, 2017, 'A New Appeal for Human Rights' was released.[16] Echoing the sentiments of the 1960's Appeal for Human Rights, the document highlights the importance of recognising 'human rights as universal and inalienable, as well as indivisible and interdependent'.[16]

Dr Lonnie King, Chairman of the Atlanta Student Movement of 1960-1961 said that the document 'clearly illustrates that the quest for a 'just' society continues to this day'.[17]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Atlanta University Center District We Shall Overcome - Historical Place of the Civil Rights Movement - National Park Service
  2. ^ Atlanta Student Movement Archived April 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. - The Committee on Appeal for Human Rights
  3. ^ a b Interview (Audio) with Lonnie King - PBA Online
  4. ^ a b Hatfield, Edward. A (May 28, 2008). "Atlanta Sit-ins". Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Atlanta Sit-ins - Civil Rights Veterans
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Joel (Spring 1975). "Southern Black Student Activism: Assimilation vs. Nationalism". Journal of Negro Education. 44: 120 – via JSTOR. 
  7. ^ a b Lawson, Steven (April 1991). "Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The Historiography of the Civil Rights Movement". The American Historical Review. 96: 465 – via JSTOR. 
  8. ^ Morris, Aldon (December 1981). "Black Southern Student Sit-in Movement: An Analysis of Internal Organization". American Sociological Review. 46: pp. 762. 
  9. ^ a b Nasstrom, Kathryn (April 1999). "Down to Now: Memory, Narrative, and Women's Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia". Gender & History. 11: 113–144 – via JSTOR. 
  10. ^ Bayor, Ronald H. (Summer 1993). "The Civil Rights Movement as Urban Reform: Atlanta's Black Neighborhoods and a New "Progressivism"". The Georgia Historical Quarterly. 77: 293. 
  11. ^ An Appeal for Human Rights vII (2000) Archived 2008-11-21 at the Wayback Machine. - Atlanta University Center Digest
  12. ^ An Appeal for Human Rights v II (2000) - Atlanta Student Movement
  13. ^ An Appeal for Human Rights Archived April 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. - Committee on Appeal for Human Rights
  14. ^ An Appeal for Human Rights - Civil Rights Veterans
  15. ^ "The City of Atlanta to Honor the Men and Women of the Atlanta Student Movement". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  16. ^ a b http://cdn.genprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17144324/A-New-Appeal-for-Human-Rights-FINAL1.pdf
  17. ^ "Atlanta Student Coalition Releases "A New Appeal for Human Rights" - Generation Progress". genprogress.org. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 

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