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George Coleman interview

@ Atlanta History Center

Merritt, Carole


In this interview, George Coleman recalls his experience as a police reporter for the Atlanta Daily World. He begins his interview describing his childhood and living in a segregated neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia and graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1939. He talks about enlisting in the armed services and attending Hampton Institute before returning to Atlanta during the height of racial segregation in the South. George Coleman ends his interview with an assessment of the Atlanta Daily World and recites the end of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ulysses.George Coleman was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1922. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and then attended Hampton Institute. He enlisted in the army in 1941 and after being discharged attended the school of journalism at Lincoln University in Missouri. After graduation he secured a job at the Atlanta Daily World as a police reporter.
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