Atlanta University Center: Robert W. Woodruff Library


So I decided to do this supplemental post on a trip I took to the AU Center, as a part of the Atlanta Student Movement project (information on the movement can be found here) I was involved in, with Dr. Jeanne Bohannon.


A photo I took of the inside of the AU Center. The university has spared no expense in providing students with a peaceful environment that is equipped with modern fixtures, artwork, and technology.


At the AU Center, we had the opportunity to delve into the history of the Atlanta Student Movement that happened here in our own backyard of Atlanta, Ga where black students gathered, on their own, to lead a movement against segregation in the 60’s. Their major feat being their successful sit-ins at Rich’s department store, that did not want blacks eating in the very store where they spent money.


Rich’s Department Store in the 60’s. Building still stands, in Atlanta.


The AU Center staff gave us about a 2 hour long presentation on the movement and allowed us to view primary documents such as hand-written notes, itineraries, and even an original print of the newspaper where the students had their Appeal to Human Rights manifesto printed. Though we were not able to take pictures of the documents themselves, it was still fascinating to see them, in person.

A brief video on the Atlanta Student Movement


While we were at the AU Center, we were also able to talk to Dr. Lonnie King, who was one of the organizers of the movement. he was supposed to meet with us in person, but he had unfortunately been injured and unable to. All-in-all, hearing him speak on his experiences probably had the largest impact on most of the students who went with me. His efforts, along with others around our own ages, led to changes that swept that state of Georgia, in relation to segregation and equal treatment, under the law.

Though we were unable to take photographs of documents, we were able to take some of the people on the wall.


Johnny Parham was one of the men involved in the movement. I took his picture because his last name struck me, being that it is similar to the name of my late great grandmother. 


Here is a video provided to us by Dr. Bohannon. It is of an interview she did with Dr. Lonnie King, where he answers questions on the movement. It is quite long, but is incredibly useful. Lastly, if anyone is interested, feel free to check out the podcasts some friends and I did, on the Atlanta Student Movement. They are all short and give brief histories, with a bit of commentary from the group.

Interview With Dr. Bohannon
Arlington to Atlanta
Rich’s Sit-ins
Secret Chamber of Commerce Meeting


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