Lydia Douglas interview
@ Atlanta History Center
Douglas, Lydia Merritt, Carole
DescriptionIn the interview, Ms. Lydia T. Douglas discusses her involvement with the Atlanta Student Movement and subsequent arrest at a sit-in at the Magnolia Room at Rich's Department Store in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. She recalls her family and childhood experiences while living in a segregated neighborhood in Atlanta. She also describes her involvement as a member of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights; remembers attending a segregated public library in downtown Atlanta; and expresses her concerns about the psychological effects of desegregation on the younger generation in the black community.Ms. Douglas grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Booker T. Washington High School. Her father owned and ran a restaurant in Buttermilk area of Atlanta called Tucker Butler Cafe and her mother was a graduate registered nurse. She received her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University and her master's in Religious Education from ITC.
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