By Sarah Quigley, Project Archivist, MARBL
“Working for Freedom: Documenting Civil Rights Organizations” is a collaborative project between Emory University's Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, and The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center to uncover and make available previously hidden collections documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta and New Orleans. The project is administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Each organization regularly contributes blog posts about their progress.
Throughout its long history, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference used periodicals as a method of communicating with staff, affiliates, members and the general public. By publishing newsletters, magazines and journals, SCLC was able to share information about itself and its activities. Topics ranged from general updates, to news from efforts such as the Poor People's Campaign, to analysis of the ongoing Civil Rights Movement.
Below are images of a few examples, showing the diversity of tone and format. Within these publications, researchers will find not only facts, but insight into how the Civil Rights Movement was communicated to multiple audiences from the 1950s into the new millennium.
NOTE: The Southern Christian Leadership records currently are closed for processing. They are expected to open Spring 2012. Please contact the archivist for more information.