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John Sibley interview

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Creator:Sibley, John
Creator:Merritt, Carole
Title:John Sibley interview
Date:2005 Sept. 28

In this interview, John Sibley III describes his family background and growing up in a segregated society in Atlanta, Georgia. He recalls his stint as the president of the Georgia Conservancy and as a volunteer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Sibley conveys his memories of his fathers’ involvement in the Sibley Commission, describing his father as a natural leader within the family and community. Sibley ends the interview recalling how people were always drawn to his father for advice and guidance, and discussing his perspective on how to address the issues of race relations that still exists in Atlanta.

John Sibley was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Yale Law School. He practiced law for approximately eleven years. However, he has been involved in some sort of public policy for most of his professional career. Sibley's father chaired the commission created in 1960 to determine if schools in Georgia should desegregate in accordance with a federal order or close.

Local identification number: VIS 180.026.001

Subjects:Sibley, John | African Americans--History | Civil Rights | Racism | Education | Race relations--Georgia--Atlanta | Race discrimination | African Americans | Yale Law School | Wesleyan University (Middleton, Conn.) | United States, Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan Area, 33.799388, -84.392574 | United States, Georgia, Baldwin County, Milledgeville, 33.08014, -83.2321
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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