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This article seeks to provide history and context as well as links to the full text copies of An Appeal for Human Rights. [1] [2] [3] [4] release on March 15th, 1960.

An Appeal for Human Rights was drafted by students of the Atlanta University Center after students, led by Lonnie King and Julian Bond, were encouraged by the six presidents of the Atlanta University Center to draft a document.
The students, organized as the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), published An Appeal for Human Rights on March 9, 1960. [5][6] working within and part of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

The published document, An Appeal for Human Rights was a widely circulated and initially printed on March 9, 1960 in several publications including Atlanta Constitution (today The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Atlanta Journal (today also The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and Atlanta Daily World [7]

The Appeal for Human Rights was received with both positive acclaim, and skeptical criticism at the time of publishing.[8]

Original Signers

An Appeal for Human Rights of March 9th, 1960 [9] was originally signed by:

Willie Mays - President of Council For the Students of Atlanta University
James Felder - President of Student Government Association For the Students of Clark College
Marion D. Bennett - President of Student Association For the Students of Interdenominational Theological Center
Don Clarke - President of Student Body For the Students of Morehouse College
Mary Ann Smith - Secretary of Student Government Association For the Students of Morris Brown College
Roslyn Pope - President of Student Government Association For the Students of Spelman College

Partial list of links to full text copies of An Appeal for Human Rights

References

  1. ^ Appeal for Human Rights - Civil Rights Veterans
  2. ^ Appeal for Human Rights - Committee on Appeal for Human Rights
  3. ^ Interview (Audio) This Day in History, 1960 (2009-03-09) - PBA Online
  4. ^ An Appeal for Human Rights - Democratic Underground
  5. ^ Atlanta Sit-ins - Civil Rights Veterans
  6. ^ Students begin to lead Direct Action and Desegregation (1960-1965) - Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement
  7. ^ Atlanta Sit-ins - New Georgia Encyclopedia
  8. ^ Interview with Lonnie King - PBA Online
  9. ^ An Appeal for Human Rights - March 9th, 1960 - Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights
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