The Atlanta Student Movement Project is a research project 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. The project is funded by a generous grant from The Rich Foundation. Videos and transcripts in this collection have been archived at the KSU Archives.

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 (Spellman); 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); Bertie Hix Carter; Charles Black (Morehouse); James Felder (Clark); Frank Holloway (Morehouse); John Mack (Morehouse); Otis Moss (ITC); Johnny Parham (Morehouse); Joseph Pegues (Morehouse); and Frank Smith (Morehouse).

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

The student-created website for the Atlanta Student Movement Project is anyonesittinghere.org.

Recent Submissions

  • Dr. Lonnie King Interview 

    Bohannon, Jeanne Law
    Oral history interview with Dr. Lonnie King, Jr., the chair of the Atlanta Student Movement
  • June Wilson Davis Interview 

    Bohannon, Jeanne Law
    Oral history interview with Norma June Wilson Davis, a leader in the Atlanta Student Movement in the 1960s.
  • Sarah Stephens Interview 

    Bohannon, Jeanne Law
    Oral history interview with Sarah Stephens, a leader in the Atlanta Student Movement in the 1960s.
  • Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. Interview 

    Bohannon, Jeanne Law
    Oral history interview with Otis Moss, a leader in the Atlanta Student Movement in the 1960s.
  • Morris Dillard Interview 

    Bohannon, Jeanne Law
    Oral history interview with Morris Dillard, a leader in the Atlanta Student Movement in the 1960s.