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College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dept. of English. Atlanta Student Movement Project, 2016-2018

Identifier: KSU-45-12-001


The Atlanta Student Movement Project is a research project funded by a generous grant from the Rich Foundation, conducted by Kennesaw State University undergraduate and graduate students, and led by Dr. Jeanne Law Bohannon (KSU English Department) along with Dr. Lonnie King, the project's senior community partner. The oral histories in this collection represent the goal of the project: uncovering and preserving the history of Atlanta sit-ins and student protests that were pivotal in the success of the Student Movement, the Civil Rights movement, and the history of the city of Atlanta as a whole. Videos and transcripts in this collection have been archived at the KSU Archives.

The students also depended on advocates such as Sarah Stevens, Senator LeRoy and Cleopatra Johnson, and many others in communities both local and nationwide.


  • Creation: 2016-2018


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. KSU archives staff have taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove sensitive information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work. However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kennesaw State University and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the Kennesaw State University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

The digital reproductions held by the Kennesaw State University Archives are provided for research consultation and educational purposes. To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format outside of fair use, please contact the Kennesaw State University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Formed early in 1960, the Atlanta Student Movement was one part of the larger Civil Rights Movement. The group was comprised of students from university campuses that were part of the Atlanta University Center (AUC), a consortium of higher education centers for African-Americans that included Atlanta University, Clark College, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morris Brown, and Spelman College.

Atlanta Student Movement leaders, participants, and advocates include the following people, whose stories from the Movement project participants plan to record and make available in this collection:

Herschelle Sullivan Challenor (Spelman); Norma June Wilson Davis (Spelman); Marion Wright Edleman (Spelman); Marilyn Pryce Hoyt (Spelman); Gwendolyn Middlebrooks (Spelman); Roslyn Pope (Spelman); Annie Ruth Simmons (Clark); Lenora Taitt (Spelman); Eva Kendrick Wollert (Clark); Birdie Hix Carter; Charles Black (Morehouse); Morris Dillard (Morehouse); James Felder (Clark); Frank Holloway (Morehouse); John Mack (Atlanta University); Otis Moss (ITC); Johnny Parham (Morehouse); Joseph Pegues (Morehouse); and Frank Smith (Morehouse).


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. Jeanne Law Bohannon, Department of English, Kennesaw State University (Accession 18-002).

Related Materials

See the External Documents tab below for link to the website of the Atlanta Student Movement Project, created by Kennesaw State University students in Dr. Jeanne Law Bohannon's Digital Rhetoric course.

Atlanta Student Movement Project Collection
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Alissa Matheny Helms
August 2018
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Repository Details

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