Civil Rights - Atlanta Magazine

Since its 1961 inaugural issue, Atlanta magazine has covered the city’s civil rights leaders and their impact on society—close to home and around the world. Browse our archives to trace six decades of social evolution, or read our latest blog posts and articles below.

Five decades of civil rights coverage

Selected stories from our archives

Today marks a monumental anniversary: fifty years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Atlanta native son Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "dream" speech. Amid all the discussion of how far we've come and how far we need to go, it's worth reflecting on how King's legacy is reflected in his hometown. Read More

John Lewis’s comic book is a bestseller, and here’s our review

He Read/She Read: A comic book artist and historian on ‘March,’ the civil rights icon’s memoir in graphic novel form

Editor’s Note: Georgia congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis has added another item to his resume: bestselling author. March: Book One, the first volume of his memoir-as-comic trilogy with Marietta-based Top Shelf Productions, grabbed the top spot in its category on the New York Times bestseller list. Lewis, who will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Decatur Book Festival, is in Washington this week to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; he notably is the only living speaker from the 1963 event. Read More

Video of the Day: John Lewis talks race and voting rights

The New York Times interviews the civil rights leader

As the country prepares to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from that iconic event, discusses voting rights with the New York Times. Read More

Interview: Bernice King

Martin Luther King’s youngest child is taking over the family business. She discusses responsibility, legacy, and growing up under a shadow of tragedy.

When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, his youngest child was just five. She had spent little time with her father; he was so often on the road—jailed in Birmingham a few weeks after her birth, addressing 200,000 people on the National Mall when she was five months old, marching from Selma to Montgomery when she was a toddler. Read More

Must Reads

A few of the most noteworthy and thought-provoking articles pertaining to civil rights from our archives:

Funeral An oral history of the remarkable behind-the-scenes effort to stage Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 funeral and keep peace in Atlanta while 110 other cities burned. April 2008

The Children of Dr. King: Living with the Legacy On April 4, 1968, an assassin robbed the nation of a leader and four young children of a father. But the memories have not dimmed. January 1985

A Separate Peace An iconic African American neighborhood, home to Kings and Hollowells and Abernathys, makes history again. May 2010

"I Have a Dream..." If the road to equal opportunity is paved with the good intentions of addressing the experience of all people, then the implementation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change must surely focus on the poor and oppressed. Isn’t that what the dream was all about? September 1980

Resegration Integration was supposed to level the playing field in public schools. Fifty years later, is new de facto resegregation so bad? April 2008

The Atlanta Student Movement: A Look Back Fifty years ago this month, students at the Atlanta University Center published a civil rights manifesto and changed the country. March 2010




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