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Creator:Coleman, George, 1922-2008
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:George Coleman interview
Date:2006 Feb. 7

In this interview, George Coleman recalls his experience as a police reporter for the Atlanta Daily World. He begins his interview describing his childhood and living in a segregated neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia and graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1939. He talks about enlisting in the armed services and attending Hampton Institute before returning to Atlanta during the height of racial segregation in the South. George Coleman ends his interview with an assessment of the Atlanta Daily World and recites the end of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ulysses.

George Coleman was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1922. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and then attended Hampton Institute. He enlisted in the army in 1941 and after being discharged attended the school of journalism at Lincoln University in Missouri. After graduation he secured a job at the Atlanta Daily World as a police reporter.

Local identification number: VIS 180.005.001

Subjects:Coleman, George | Scott, C. A. (Cornelius Adolphus), 1908-2000 | Folkes, William | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | World War, 1939-1945 | Race discrimination | Race relations--Georgia--Atlanta | Education | Student movements--Georgia | Newspaper carriers--Georgia--Atlanta | Newspapers--Georgia--Atlanta | Atlanta Daily World (Firm) | Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.) | Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta, Ga.) | Rich's (Retail store) | World War II | Journalism | Race Relations | Civil Rights Movement | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574
Collection:Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006
Institution:Atlanta History Center
Contributors:Atlanta History Center
Original Material:

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

Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry RD, Atlanta, GA 30305

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