The oral history consists of eleven digital files: 2011.174.90.1a, 2011.174.90.1b, 2011.174.90.1c, 2011.174.90.1d, 2011.174.90.1e, 2011.174.90.1f, 2011.174.90.1g, 2011.174.90.1h, 2011.174.90.1i, 2011.174.90.1j, 2011.174.90.1k.
Lonnie C. King shares his memories of growing up in Atlanta, where he attended Ebenezer Baptist Church and was close with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s family. He recalls his stint in the U.S. Navy, his years as a student at Morehouse College, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Atlanta in the 1960s. He also remembers his relationships with older African American leaders in Atlanta, including Martin Luther King, Sr., the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mays, and Rufus Clement, and the various boycotts and protests staged by the Atlanta Student Movement while he was its director.
Seated (left) on front row of picture is Mr. Isaac Farris Sr., Dr. King's brother-in-law. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays can be seen at the extreme right. Dr. Mays was president of Morehouse College when a young Martin Luther King Jr. was a student there.
This black and white photograph shows the crowd for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday commemoration in 1969 at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Most attendees are seated throughout the photograph. There are some people standing against the back wall and in the upper gallery. Isaac Farris Sr. is seated in the first row on the proper right. Benjamin Mays can be seen in the same first row, with a gap between the two men, on the proper left. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, photographer's stamp and a handwritten inscription.
Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, president of Morehouse College is seen here (seated on right). Next to Dr. Mays is a young Isaac Farris Jr. and a friend. You can also see a partial view of Mr. Isacc Farris Sr. on the front row as well.
This black and white photograph is a detail of the seated crowd inside the Ebenezer Baptist Church for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday commemoration in 1969. Benjamin Mays is seated at proper left holding a program. Mays is next to Isaac Farris Jr. and an unidentified child. Isaac Farris Sr. is cut off in the frame at proper right. There are other unidentified attendees seated in the back rows. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, photographer's stamp and a handwritten inscription.