Marilyn Pryce Hoytt describes herself as a foot soldier in the Atlanta Student Movement. Born in California, Hoytt moved with her parents to Tuskegee, Alabama when she was in second grade. Her father, E.L. Pryce, was a landscape architect at Tuskegee University and an artist. Her mother, like many generations before her, was a storyteller and the keeper of the family's history. Marilyn attended Spelman College, graduating in 1963. During the Atlanta Student Movement, she participated in sit-ins and boycotts to protest unequal segregation practices at lunch counters and restaurants throughout Atlanta. She sat-in at the Magnolia Tea Room at Rich's Department Store on October 19th, 1960, an act for which she as arrested, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lonnie King, Blondean Orbert, and more than 70 others. She is portrayed walking between Dr. King and Lonnie King in an iconic photograph from that historic day. Professor Hoytt retired from Tuskegee University in 2018, after serving as a French professor for decades. The author of three children's books, she is currently writing a memoir and working to bring her father's afro-centric art to a larger public.
Marilyn Pryce Hoytt Interview, 2018-07-13, Atlanta Student Movement Project, KSU/45/12/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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