Lonnie C. King Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
King, Lonnie C., American, born 1936
Interviewed by
Dr. Crosby, Emilye Ph. D., American
Subject of
Ebenezer Baptist Church, American, founded 1886
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
United States Navy, American, founded 1775
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Rev. King, Martin Luther Sr, American, 1899 - 1984
Dr. Mays, Benjamin Elijah, American, 1894 - 1984
Clement, Rufus Early, American, 1900 - 1967
Atlanta Student Movement, American, founded 1960
Duration: 02:33:48
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
May 29, 2013
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.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0090
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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