Civil Rights GA

Civil Rights GA
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  • Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya?
  • Lord have mercy; you and them protests… I done told ya you better be careful because the man don’t like it when we challenge ‘em.
  • (Sighs) I know, I know, but we’ve made progress the past few years, and Dr. King thinks our next protest will cause  a major change.
  • Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago!
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest; it's gonna be a MAJOR one!
  • Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya? 
  • I ain’t trying to rain on your parade, but I been waitin’ on change for the past 83 years and I ain’t seen it happen yet!
  • That’s great, but what about all the other places that are still segregated? My mama and deddy thought change was comin’ when they was freed, but then the man made them dang Jim Crow Laws and we still ain’t got no rights.
  • Lord have mercy; you and them protests… I done told ya you better be careful because the man don’t like it when we challenge ‘em.
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest.
  • I know grandpa, but it’s different now. Our group, the SCLS, helped desegregate public places in Albany and help more black people register to vote.
  • (Sighs) I know, I know, but we’ve made progress the past few years, and Dr. King thinks our next protest will cause  a major change.
  • Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago!
  • Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago!
  • You’ve got a point, but other folks are starting to see what we’ve been having to endure and President Kennedy is on good terms with Dr. King.
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest.
  • Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya? 
  • Now that’s a decent white man right there! Especially for helping Dr. King get out of the state prison in Reidsville after he was arrested for being in SNCC’s sit-in at that store in Atlanta.
  • Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya?  Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya?  Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya? 
  • (Interrupting) I sure as hell hope it does, because my rights been denied my whole dang life!
  • Lord have mercy; you and them protests… I done told ya you better be careful because the man don’t like it when we challenge ‘em.
  • I know it’s hard to trust a system that has always oppressed us grandpa, but we’ve got to keep trying and trust that the system will create change and make things better.
  • Even if he does, you think it will do any good? Because the courts passed that law a while back saying schools had to desegregate, but that ain’t happened except in Atlanta.
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest. It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest.
  • (Sighs) I know, I know, but we’ve made progress the past few years, and Dr. King thinks our next protest will cause  a major change.
  • Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago! Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago! Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago!
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest.
  • You right about that! We’re hoping that President Kennedy will get the civil rights bill passed to make segregation illegal.
  • Early August, 1964, in a rural central Georgia Town, 100 miles southeast of Atlanta. Tyrone, is visiting his grandpa and the place where he grew up, which he has not been back to since moving to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College over ten years ago.
  • Well at least one of us ain’t changed; you done got a education and wear all them fancy clothes like a city-slicker. All I know is better not outgrow your raising or forget where ya come from.
  • Now a old farmer like me, who can’t even read or write, ain’t got no business moving to the city.
  • Lord have mercy; you and them protests… I done told ya you better be careful because the man don’t like it when we challenge ‘em.
  • (laughing) I been gone for 10 years and you ain’t changed a bit, grandpa.
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest.
  • Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago!
  • I’d never do that grandpa! I’m proud of my family and my upbringing, and besides Atlanta really is a good place to live… I wish you and mama would move up there with me.
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest.
  • Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya? 
  • After becoming a mentee of Morehouse President, Benjamin E. Mays, and close friends with Maynard Jackson, Tyrone became active in the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Yea son, you know life moves slow out here in the country. So how's the big city life been treating ya? 
  • I guarantee ya, he’s the best thing that’s happened to Georgia since Governor Arnall did away with the poll tax and white-only primaries.
  • Sure ‘nough?
  • Yes sir! And Mayor Allen is a fair man who has already desegregated parts of the city and he also is in favor of the civil rights bill.
  • It's been pretty good, just been busy planning our next big protest.
  • Wow grandpa, the place looks the same as I did when I left for Atlanta 10 years ago!
  • I remember how excited you and grandma were when that happened.
  • Tyrone and his grandpa, discuss important court rulings (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954) and events that occurred in the mid 1950’s - early 1960’s that impacted not only the movement, but the political landscape of the United States.(Levingston, 2017) (Burns, 2011)
  • It’s real sad to think about all you and your parents had to overcome, and how the white man has done all they can to keep us oppressed.
  • You have no idea, son. Mama and deddy worked in a field from sunup to sundown as teens, and deddy almost got beat to death for accidentally breaking a hoe. Then once they was freed, Jim Crow came along and we still didn’t have no rights. It’s been hard, but I’m lucky and thankful to still be alive.
  • Why do you think they hate us so much, grandpa?
  • Severe drought, the boll weevil destroying crops, and the Great Depression forced many black Georgians to leave the only life and occupation they knew- farming (mostly as tenant farmers or sharecroppers) and move to Atlanta to find jobs. In the 1950’s, Auburn Avenue or “Sweet Auburn” became a mecca for black business owners and residents. (Hatfield, 2006)
  • There are a lot of factory jobs that you could work there, and besides Atlanta has one of the best black business districts and neighborhoods  in America, Sweet Auburn.
  • (Sighs) I know, I know, but we’ve made progress the past few years, and Dr. King thinks our next protest will cause  a major change.
  • Here, the grandpa and grandson discuss the progressive and “liberal” actions of Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall and Atlanta mayor, Ivan Allen Jr, as well as how Jim Crow Laws such as the poll tax and white-only Democratic primaries attempted to disenfranchise African Americans. (Galloway, 2004) (Henderson, 2002)
  • Heck yea we was! I was the first person in our entire family to get to vote in a democratic primary.
  • Tyrone and his grandpa wrap up their conversation by briefly discussing past and present oppression, and hope for a better future
  • I don’t know son, I really don’t… I just pray your grand youngins grow up in a nation where they have equal rights and have the same opportunity as the white chilluns...
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