In this interview, Ernest Swann discusses his experiences of growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, and his family's involvement in the desegregation of Atlanta public schools. He was one of the first black students to integrate the high schools in Atlanta. Swann addresses the resistance his father endured from the white community regarding his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. He ends the interview with his assessment of re-segregation of Atlanta Public Schools.
Ernest Swann was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1947 at Harris Hospital. His mother, Ernestine Swann, was from Villa Rica, Georgia, and his father, Ralph Swann, was a native Atlantan. His father served during World War II and eventually began his own welding business.
Local identification number: VIS 180.028.001
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