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.
Members of the military along with a military flag corps gather on Auburn Avenue outside of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
This black and white photograph shows unidentified members of the military outside of Ebenezer Baptist Church after the first commemorative event on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in 1969. There are four men in uniform, one of whom is obscured by two flags. One is the American flag and the other is partially folded up with the words [RESERVE] and [CORPS] visible. There are unidentified men in civilian clothes in the background. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, and handwritten and printer's inscriptions.
We can see a street scene on Auburn Avenue outside of Ebenezer Baptist Church immediately after the first memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This was nine months after he was assasinated [sic] in Memphis, Tennessee while standing on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
This black and white photograph shows an unidentified crowd on Auburn Avenue outside of Ebenezer Baptist Church after the first commemorative event on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in 1969. There are a number of individuals in uniform throughout the image. Two can be seen at proper right in front wearing helmets. Two more are in dress uniform at proper left in front of a car. There in another grouping standing by two upright flags off center. A press camera can be seen in the center of the photograph. The rest of the unidentified crowd is dressed in civilian clothing and dispersed in the background. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, and handwritten and printer's inscriptions.