An Appeal to Human Rights

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MARCH 9, 1960

In March of 1960, students of the six colleges comprising the Atlanta University Center, having decided to challenge the scourge of segregation in public and private facilities of Atlanta, presented a manifesto entitled "An Appeal for Human Rights" as a preamble to pending demonstrations designed to achieve the same rights and privileges for "Negroes" that were accorded white citizens. At the behest of the six college presidents and signed by the six student government presidents, the document was published in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution on March 9, 1960 and quickly found its way to the New York Times and the Congressional Record. It is taught throughout the world as a profound statement of the determination of young people to overthrow the vestiges of slavery and to achieve liberty and justice for all.


Charles Black speaks of the impact of An Appeal for Human Rights.
Wylma speaks of the segregation in the City of Atlanta and why an Appeal for Human Rights was needed.. 
Herschelle Challenor remembers the violence students faced during the movement.
The Honorable Brenda Hill Cole tells why An Appeal for Human Rights was such a riveting document.
Constance Curry speaks of past and present inequities and the need for An Appeal for Human Rights. 
Morris Dillard speaks of the bravery of students in a climate of hatred.
James Felder tells why the time was right for An Appeal for Human Rights. 
Lonnie King Jr. recalls the march to the Capitol and the impending danger students faced. 
Reverend Otis Moss Jr. shares the importance of An Appeal for Human Rights. 
Dr. Roslyn Pope’s speech at the renaming of the street to Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard. 
Lydia Tucker Arnold recounts the significance of An Appeal for Human Rights. 
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