Interview with Lonnie King, September 28, 2009

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Lonnie King was born in Arlington, Georgia. He was raised in Atlanta and served in the U.S. Navy. He left the Navy in 1957, returned to Atlanta, and earned his degree from Morehouse College. In 1960 he was present at the founding of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee at Shaw University. On March 9, 1960, King and SNCC published An Appeal for Human Rights as an advertisement in various Atlanta newspapers. A critical document of the Civil Rights Movement, the Appeal called for complete racial desegregation by peaceful and nonviolent means. King discusses his childhood in the deep south, his work with SNCC and SCLC, and his friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.






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Lonnie King and Bob Short, “Interview with Lonnie King, September 28, 2009,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed February 26, 2024,