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John Sibley interview

@ Atlanta History Center

Sibley, John Merritt, Carole


In this interview, John Sibley III describes his family background and growing up in a segregated society in Atlanta, Georgia. He recalls his stint as the president of the Georgia Conservancy and as a volunteer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Sibley conveys his memories of his fathers’ involvement in the Sibley Commission, describing his father as a natural leader within the family and community. Sibley ends the interview recalling how people were always drawn to his father for advice and guidance, and discussing his perspective on how to address the issues of race relations that still exists in Atlanta.John Sibley was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Yale Law School. He practiced law for approximately eleven years. However, he has been involved in some sort of public policy for most of his professional career. Sibley's father chaired the commission created in 1960 to determine if schools in Georgia should desegregate in accordance with a federal order or close.
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