Creative Loafing senior staff writer Rodney Carmichael spent weeks interviewing the old and new guard of Atlanta’s Civil Rights Movement. One group he profiled in his piece is It’s Bigger Than You, founded by 20-year-old Aurielle Lucier. She and other groups have staged multiple protests in the area in the wake of events in Ferguson, Mo. and local police shootings. We talk to Lucier, Carmichael and civil rights leader Lonnie King, who led the Atlanta Student Movement in the 1960s.
Then, nestled in a wooded area of Atlanta surrounded by developed properties sits a historic black cemetery. It goes back to the 19th century, but it's easy to miss and it's falling apart. That's a concern for Atlanta residents whose ancestors are buried there, some of whom were slaves. Atlanta Journal -Constitution reporter Ernie Suggs talks about the site, and what's being done to save it.
And Civil Rights attorney Donald Hollowell represented Dr. Martin Luther King and countless student groups in Georgia courts in the 1960s. His most famous case involved the desegregation of the University of Georgia. But his name isn’t as recognizable as others in the movement. Why? Maurice Daniels, Dean of the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work, discusses why he made Hollowell the subject of a book and documentary.