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Bennie McKinley interviewed by Alexander Stephens, 2014 July 11

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Creator:McKinley, Bennie, 1945-
Creator:Stephens, Alexander Maxwell, 1988-
Title:Bennie McKinley interviewed by Alexander Stephens, 2014 July 11

Oral history interview with Bennie McKinley conducted by Alexander Stephens on July 11, 2014.

Bennie McKinley was born in Athens, Georgia, in 1945. She grew up in segregated neighborhoods in Athens, including Lyndontown, Rocksprings, and Broadacres. McKinley attended Reese Street School and Athens High and Industrial School. As a high school student, she was part of a group of teenagers who led a nonviolent direct action movement to force the integration of local restaurants and shops. After graduating high school, she worked in retail for many years and at the University of Georgia.as a barber and the role of the barbershop in the community. He comments on the creation of the Hot Corner Association and his goals for the future of downtown Athens.

McKinley discusses her early life and education in Athens, Georgia. She talks about how the expansion of the University of Georgia forced her family to move from their original home. She remembers her early experiences with segregation. She describes the local civil rights movement that led to the integration of restaurants and stores and discusses the strategies that she and other activists employed. McKinley comments on the role of Hot Corner as a safe space for protesters and discusses some of the female leaders from African American communities in Athens. She talks about the process of desegregation in Athens, the ways in which racism persists, and her life after high school. She explains her interest in teaching young people about the work that she and other people of her generation did in order to end segregation.

Types:Oral histories (literary works) | Sound recordings | Sound
Subjects:McKinley, Bennie, 1945- | African American women civil rights workers--Georgia--Athens | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Athens | Athens (Ga.)--Race relations | United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens
Collection:Athens Oral History Project, 2014-2016
Institution:Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Contributors:Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
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Athens Oral History Project, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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