Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Atlanta Student Movement

Marker ID: GHS 60-11
Location: Morehouse Collage, Fair St. at James P. Brawley Dr, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 44.966    W 084° 24.758
  33.74943333    -84.41263333
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
The Atlanta Student Movement Marker
Photo by Todd Massar


In February 1960, here at the site of Yates and Milton Drugstore, three students from Morehouse College–Lonnie King, Joseph Pierce, and Julian Bond–began to rally students from Atlanta's other five historically black institutions and launched the Atlanta Student Movement that helped to destroy Jim Crow in the American South. Following publication of An Appeal for Human Rights, authored by Roslyn Pope of Spelman College, the students waged a non-violent campaign that led to the desegregation of restaurants, movie theaters, parks and other federal, state, and local facilities. The first student sit-ins at 11 eating facilities in downtown Atlanta on March 15, 1960, led to the arrest of 77 students. Black and white leaders eventually negotiated a deal that desegregated lunch counters in October 1961, following the peaceful integration of Atlanta's public schools.

2014.6 Erected by Georgia Historical Society, and the Georgia 60-11
Department of Economic Development


For more information:
Wikipedia - Jim Crow laws
Wikipedia - Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wikipedia - Racial segregation in the United States
Wikipedia - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Prize - Martin Luther King, Jr. - Biographical
NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
SCLC - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Wikipedia - NAACP
Wikipedia - SCLC
Wikipedia - Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wikipedia - Racism