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Lydia Douglas interview

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Creator:Douglas, Lydia
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:Lydia Douglas interview
Date:2006 Jan. 5

In the interview, Ms. Lydia T. Douglas discusses her involvement with the Atlanta Student Movement and subsequent arrest at a sit-in at the Magnolia Room at Rich's Department Store in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. She recalls her family and childhood experiences while living in a segregated neighborhood in Atlanta. She also describes her involvement as a member of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights; remembers attending a segregated public library in downtown Atlanta; and expresses her concerns about the psychological effects of desegregation on the younger generation in the black community.

Ms. Douglas grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Booker T. Washington High School. Her father owned and ran a restaurant in Buttermilk area of Atlanta called Tucker Butler Cafe and her mother was a graduate registered nurse. She received her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University and her master's in Religious Education from ITC.

Local identification number: VIS 180.006.001

Subjects:Douglas, Lydia | King, Lonnie | Brown, Benjamin | Pope, Rosalyn | Allen, Ivan, 1911-2003 | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | Law enforcement--Georgia--Atlanta | Race discrimination | Race relations | Clark University (Atlanta, Ga.) | Bobby Jones Golf Course (Atlanta, Ga.) | Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.) | Kessler's (Retail store) | Rich's (Retail store) | Magnolia Room (Atlanta, Ga.) | 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
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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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