The Atlanta Student Movement

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.



The Atlanta Student Movement was led by the Committee for the Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR) and acted as the birthplace for one of the most influential documents in Atlanta‚Äôs Civil Rights history, “An Appeal for Human Rights”, a declaration of rights against segregation that was present at the time and written by Roslyn Pope, a noted member of the student movement.

Other prominent members of the movement included Lonnie King and Julian Bond, who are largely considered the founders of the movement, Roslyn Pope, Herschelle Sullivan, Frank Smith and Joseph Pierce.


After the publication of An Appeal for Human Rights, and the resulting backlash from the white community nationwide, members Lonnie King and Julian Bond took notice of student actions in Greensboro, NC, involving sit-ins at public businesses and areas that were off limits to African-Americans by law.


They then planned sit-ins at various businesses throughout Atlanta out of inspiration; these protests would be what earned the Atlanta Student Movement its fame and place in history.


Students Arrested

Historical Perspectives & Cultural Artifacts

Student-writers on this project have all fallen in love with the project and its subject matter. We hope that this online archive will serve as a living documentary that will shed light and educate all of those in the Atlanta area and beyond about a major part of our history. This website is the product of hours of archive research, interviews, and writing, rewriting, and writing some more.


Read about the people who stood in the face of inequality and intolerance to push Atlanta into an age of equal rights and acceptance. These are the the women and men who challenged segregation in Georgia – and won.

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Without the strength they found in numbers and the ability to organize, student activists who fought against segregation in the South may have never made the impact that they did. These are the groups that worked together for change.

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Places & Things

Many locations in the United States earned their place in history because of the people who fought for liberty and freedom, especially those in Atlanta. From department stores to restaurants, these were the battle grounds for equality.

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This Website is a work in progress. Please pardon our progress.

Democracy will not run on cruise control. Keep your hand on the steering wheel.Lonnie King
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