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Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement
As home to many key leaders and organizations of the civil rights movement – and as a site for many of the movement’s grassroots activities – Atlanta played a critical role in this period of American history.

To help keep alive both the lessons of the movement and the legacy of Atlanta’s role in it, the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) is undertaking a civil rights project in three phases.

This site represents the first phase of the project. It highlights Atlanta’s role in the movement from 1940 to 1970, provides a timeline of key events, and offers information on other civil rights printed and online resources. Uniquely, this site provides a first-ever searchable inventory of special collections containing materials on the movement found at ARCHE’s member institution and affiliated libraries/archives.

So, bookmark our site as a resource and follow ARCHE’s progress on this project.

This site has been made possible through the generous support of:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the Georgia Public Library Service
Atlanta History Center
Georgia Archives, Office of Secretary of State
Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board
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