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Creator:King, Jr., Lonnie, C. 1936-
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:Lonnie King interview
Date:2005 Nov. 21

In this interview, Lonnie King describes his experiences in the Navy, especially in terms of racial discrimination. He discusses the Appeal for Humans Rights statement (1960) and how he played a significant role in the formation of the Atlanta Student Movement. King chronicles the birth of the Atlanta Inquirer Newspaper. He addresses the negative reaction of the black college presidents to the students spearheading the movement, believing the NAACP should have provided the leadership role in the movement. He recalls the strong support of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company’s staff to the Civil Rights Movement.

Lonnie C. King, Jr. became a civil rights activist as a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He later served as the head of the Atlanta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the early 1970s. In that role, he was instrumental in negotiating a compromise that rejected school busing in return for the hiring of Atlanta’s first black school superintendent, Alonzo Crim, and the appointment of African American members to the Board of Education.

Local identification number: VIS 180.018.001

Subjects:King, Lonnie | King, Martin Luther, 1899-1984 | Mays, Benjamin E. (Benjamin Elijah), 1894-1984 | Johnson, Mordecai | Calloways, Bill | Alexanders, Tim | Bond, Julian, 1940-2015 | Walker, Rosalyn Pope | Calhoun, John | Young, Whitney | Martin, E. M. | Pennington, Maurice | Hollowell, Donald | Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005 | Allen, Ivan, 1911-2003 | Lane, Mills B. (Mills Bee), 1912-1989 | Hartsfield, William Berry, 1890-1971 | Rich, Richard, 1901-1975 | Neely, Frank | Hill, Jesse, 1926-2012 | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | Race discrimination | Race relations--Georgia--Atlanta | Religion | Sports | Politics & government--Georgia--Atlanta | Navies--United States | Howard High School (Atlanta, Ga.) | Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.) | Southern Bakery Company (Atlanta, Ga.) | Butler Street YMCA (Atlanta, Ga.) | Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, Ga.) | Ebenezer Youth Organization | Clark University (Atlanta, Ga.) | Spelman College | Atlanta Life Insurance Company (Atlanta, Ga.) | Atlanta Daily World (Firm) | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Rich's (Retail store) | Dinkler Plaza Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.) | Citizens Trust Bank (Atlanta, Ga.) | Providence Baptist Church (College Park, Ga.) | Atlanta Journal (Firm) | Atlanta Constitution (Firm) | New York Times (Firm) | Atlanta Chamber of Commerce | Empire Real Estate Board | Atlanta Negro Voters League | Rush Memorial Congregational Church (Atlanta, Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574 | United States, Georgia, Calhoun County, Arlington, 31.4399, -84.72492
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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