Athens Oral History Project

Athens Oral History Project

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Oral History Project
Creator: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Creator: Stephens, Alexander Maxwell, 1988-
Creator: Bean, Betsy
Inclusive Dates: 2014-
Language(s): English
Extent: 71 interview(s)
Collection Number: RBRL/361/AOHP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Athens Oral History Project was initiated in 2014 to document modern Athens history, roughly from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Interviews cover topics such as neighborhoods and communities in Athens, civil rights demonstrations, African American history, as well as personal histories of narrators.

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The Athens Oral History Project was initiated in 2014 to document modern Athens history, roughly from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Interviews cover topics such as neighborhoods and communities in Athens, civil rights demonstrations, African American history, as well as personal histories of narrators.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

The Athens Oral History Project was initiated in 2014 to document modern Athens history, roughly from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Interviews cover topics such as neighborhoods and communities in Athens, civil rights demonstrations, African American history, as well as personal histories of narrators.

Preferred citation

Athens Oral History Project, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Information

Original and transfer media for this collection include digital audio and video files.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.


Related Materials and Subjects

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

AOHP-001 Homer Wilson interviewed by Alexander Stephens

1 sound_recording(s) 67 minutes
Homer Wilson was born on May 22, 1946 and grew up in Madison County. He earned a certificate in forest from Fort Valley State College. In this interview, he discusses how he began working in his father's barbershop, Wilson's Styling Shop, in downtown Athens, Georgia. He talks about helping found the Hot Corner Association to share the history of the Hot Corner business district and promote minority entrepreneurship in downtown Athens.
AOHP-001 Homer Wilson audio and interview index in OHMS, 2014 June 25 Access Online
 

AOHP-002 Bennie McKinley interviewed by Alexander Stephens

1 sound_recording(s) 52 minutes
Bennie McKinley was born in Athens, Georgia in 1945 and grew up in segregated neighborhoods in Athens. She attended Reese Street School and Athens High and Industrial School. In this interview, she discusses her early experiences with segregation, her student activism with the civil rights movement and integration, the community role of the Hot Corner district, and female leaders from African American communities in Athens. She talks about the process of desegregation, racism, her retail career at the University of Georgia, and her mission to educate new generations about the past.
AOHP-002 Bennie McKinley audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-003 Archibald Killian interviewed by Alexander Stephens

1 moving_image(s) 98 minutes
Archibald Killian was born in Athens, GA in 1933. He studied at the Burdett School of Business in Boston, and served as a police officer overseas in the U.S. Air Force. In this interview, Killian discusses the process of desegregation of the University of Georgia and his decision to house Hamilton Holmes, one of the first two African-American students admitted to UGA, despite threats from the Klu Klux Klan. Killian also reflects on being one of the first African Americans to integrate the police department, his eventual decision to leave that job and join the postal service., and his role as pastor of the St. Mark AME Church after his retirement. Killian also comments on both positive and negative changes that he has witnessed in Athens over the years, and the importance of teaching history to young people.
AOHP-003 Archibald Killian video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-004 Gwen O'Looney interviewed by Betsy Bean, Part 1

1 moving_image(s) 132 minutes
Gwendolyn Ingram O'Looney grew up on St. Simon's Island, graduated from the University of Georgia, and has worked in human service positions throughout her career. In this interview, she talks about her public service career in local politics, as a city council member and two-term mayor of Athens-Clarke County. She describes issues affecting Athens during the 1980s, as well as the race relations and women and minority representation at the time. O'Looney discusses the city-county unification process that created Athens-Clarke County, its ramifications, and her involvement in carrying out consolidation in her role as mayor.
AOHP-004 Gwen O'Looney video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-005 Gwen O'Looney interviewed by Betsy Bean, Part 2

1 moving_image(s) 112 minutes
Gwendolyn Ingram O'Looney grew up on St. Simon's Island, graduated from the University of Georgia, and has worked in human service positions throughout her career. In this follow-up interview, O'Looney discusses more specifically the initiatives relating to solid waste management, water management, and economic development that she coordinated during her terms in office as mayor of Athens-Clarke County. She also discusses the partnership created between the city-county government and the University of Georgia, the improvement of transportation infrastructure, and the redevelopment of East Athens.
AOHP-005 Gwen O'Looney video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-006 Anne Brightwell interviewed by Betsy Bean

1 sound_recording(s) 61 minutes
Anne Brightwell grew up in the small town of Union, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. She graduated from Lindenwood College, and was involved in social activism relating to race and integration alongside her husband Frank. After moving to Athens, Georgia, they became involved in activism there, including printing the newspaper United Free Press, from their home. In this interview, Brightwell discusses her experiences as a teacher in Clarke Central High School in Athens-Clarke County. She talks about administrational support, school diversity, white flight, the connection between poverty and education, and the positive influence of the school's athletic program on developing interracial understanding.
AOHP-006 Anne Brightwell audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-007 Lemuel LaRoche (Life the Griot) and Alexander Stephens

1 moving_image(s) 126 minutes
Lemuel LaRoche, also known as a Life The Griot, is a poet, community activist, and founder of the Athens non-profit, Chess and Community. He grew up in New York, and moved to Georgia where he attended Gordon College and later transferred to the University of Georgia. In this interview, LaRoche talks about his upbringing and early influences, his experience of the intersection between race and education, his decision to study social work at the master's level, and his growing involvement in community engagement in Athens. He discusses Dreaded Mindz and Chess and Community, two community engagement initiatives he helped to spearhead. He discusses social conditioning, structural issues that affect the African-American community in Athens, and the relationship between the University of Georgia and the community. He reflects on fatherhood and working towards creating a better future.
AOHP-007 Lemuel LaRoche video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-008 Carol White interviewed by Bill Curry

1 moving_image(s) 93 minutes
Carol White was born in Jericho, Vermont. White received a degree in political science from Southern Mississippi and a Master's degree from Florida State University. She became one of the assistant coaches for a high school football team, and she took stats and taught kicking for the team. In 1985, White joined the coaching staff at Georgia Tech. White talks about how she started her specialized kicking camp called KICK-AID.
AOHP-008 Carol White video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-009 Hattie Heflin interviewed by Alexander Stephens

1 sound_recording(s) 85 minutes
Hattie Heflin was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia in 1954. She grew up on a family farm in Comer, Georgia as one of eleven children. Heflin's family moved to Athens while she was in the fourth grade. She came to attend the then recently-integrated Clarke Central High School and later Athens Technical College to study business education. Heflin eventually worked at the Clarke County Health Department where she stayed for 34 years. In this interview, Heflin talks about her upbringing, work experience, education, her mother's legacy, and the Athens community.
AOHP-009 Hattie Heflin audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-010 Broderick Flanigan interviewed by Alexander Stephens

1 sound_recording(s) 62 minutes
Broderick Flanigan was born in Athens, Georgia in 1983. He attended Gaines Elementary School and later Clarke Central High School. During this time, Flanigan lived in the Nellie B neighborhood, a historically prominent neighborhood in Athens. Flanigan currently works as a mentor in his community as the owner of Flanigan's Portrait Studio. In this interview, Flanigan talks about his upbringing, his work and inspiration in mentorship, the importance of a community, and the relationship between the Athens community and the University of Georgia.
AOHP-010 Broderick Flanigan audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-011 Antonio Ramirez interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 moving_image(s) 39 minutes
Antonio Ramirez lived in Mexico City until moving to Athens, Georgia in 1995. After working in construction, he and his wife opened a family-owned restaurant, Tlaloc El Mexicano, in 2007. In this interview, Ramirez talks about starting the restaurant, the types of dishes served, and the relationship between the restaurant, its customers, and the community.
Antonio Ramirez vivió en Mexico D.F. hasta que se mudó a Athens, Georgia en 1995. Después de trabajar en la construcción, él y su esposa abrieron un restaurante familiar, llamado Tlaloc El Mexicano, en 2007. En esta entrevista, Ramirez habla sobre el inicio del restaurante, la variedad de platos servidos y la relación entre el restaurante, su clientela y la comunidad.
AOHP-011 Antonio Ramirez video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-012 Florinda Arroyo interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 moving_image(s) 22 minutes
Florinda Arroyo was born in the state Michoacán, Mexico and moved to Athens, Georgia with her husband, where they opened the restaurant Tlaloc, El Mexicano. In this interview, she talks about learning to cook as a child, the idea to start the restaurant, the initial difficulties, the restaurant's growth, and the relationship between Tlaloc, its customers, and the community.
Florinda Arroyo se nació en el estado de Michoacán en México y se mudó a Athens, Georgia con su esposo, donde abrieron el restaurante Tlaloc, El Mexicano. En esta entrevista, ella habla sobre aprendiendo de cocinar como niña, la idea de abrir el restaurante, las dificultades iniciales, el crecimiento del restaurante y la relación entre Tlaloc, sus clientes y la comunidad.
AOHP-012 Florinda Arroyo video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-013 Alonso Haro interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 moving_image(s) 56 minutes
Alonso Haro grew up in Zacatecas, Mexico, after which he moved back to the U.S. in 1992, where he eventually settled in Athens, Georgia. Haro worked in his father's restaurant, Taqueria La Parrilla, where he is currently a co-owner. In this interview, he talks about his family, his father's inspiration for opening a restaurant, an employee-focused work culture, and the restaurant's relationship to its customers and the community.
Alonso Haro creció en Zacatecas, México, después de que regresó para los Estados Unidos en 1992, donde eventualmente se estableció en Athens, Georgia. Haro trabajó en el restaurante de su padre, La Taqueria La Parrilla, donde actualmente es uno de los dueños. En esta entrevista, él habla sobre su família, la inspiración de su padre para abrir un restaurante, una cultura de trabajo familiar que se enfoca en los empleados y la relación del restaurante con su clientela y la comunidad.
AOHP-013 Alonso Haro video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-014 Aida Quinones interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 moving_image(s) 40 minutes
Aída Quiñones was born in Puerto Rico, but transferred to study at the University of Georgia. She worked for a year as a special education teacher, after which she worked with the Hispanic community in various roles in schools and organizations. In this interview, she discusses her focus on her work with Latino families, difficulties and highlights of her career, and compares cultural norms between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Quiñones also talks about who inspires her, her plans for the future, and her identity as Puerto Rican and as a Spanish-speaker.
Aída Quiñones nació en Puerto Rico, pero se trasladó a la Universidad de Georgia para estudiar. Ella trabajó por un año como maestra de educacción especial, después de que trabajó con la comunidad hispana en várias papeles en escuelas y organizacioens comunales. En esta entrevista, ella discute su enfoque en trabajo con famílias latinas, momentos difíciles y destacados de su carrera y compara normas culturales entre Puerto Rico y los Estados Unidos. Quiñones también habla sobre quién la inspira, sus planes para el futuro y su identidad como una puertorriqueña y hispanohablante.
AOHP-014 Aida Quinones video interview and bilingual index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-015 Noe Ramirez interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 sound_recording(s) 58 minutes
Noe Ramirez was born in Morelia, Mexico and currently lives in Athens, Georgia where he works as chef and menu-developer at the restaurant Taqueria La Parrilla. He discusses his early cooking experience, experimenting with recipes, and his connection to the restaurant and its customers.
Noe Ramirez se nació en Morelia, México y actualmente vive en Athens, Georgia donde trabaja como cocinero y desarrollador del menú para el restaurante Taqueria la Parrilla. Él habla sobre sus primeras experiencias cocinando, experimentando con recetas, y su conexión al restaurante y su clientela.
AOHP-015 Noe Ramirez audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-016 Lili Roberts interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 moving_image(s) 48 minutes
Lili Roberts was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, moved to Athens, Georgia in 1996 and works as a manager at the restaurant Taqueria La Parrilla. Among other things, she discusses her work at the restaurant, her philosophy as a manager, her identity as a Latina woman, and her love for her family and the city of Athens.
Lili Robert se nació en Guadalajara, México y se mudó a Athens, Georgia en 1996, donde trabaja actualmente como gerente en el restaurante Taquería La Parrilla. Entre otras cosas, ella discute su trabajo en el restaurante, su filosofía acerca ser un gerente, su identidad como mujer latina y su amor por su familia y la ciudad de Athens.
AOHP-016 Lili Roberts video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-017 Miriam Hernandez interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 moving_image(s) 42 minutes
Miriam Hernandez grew up in Athens, Georgia and currently works at her uncle's restaurant, Tlaloc El Mexicano. In this interview, she talks about her family, her stepfather's deportation, working from an early age, and becoming a young mother. She also reflects on her life experiences and how they have shaped her attitude.
Miriam Hernandez se nació en Athens, Georgia y actualmente trabaja en el restaurante de su tío, Tlaloc El Mexicano. En esta entrevista, ella habla sobre su familia, la deportación de su padrastro, trabajando desde una edad joven y ser una madre jóven. Ella refleja sobre las experiencias de su vida y como han afectado su actitud.
AOHP-017 Miriam Hernandez video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-018 Adela Rosales interviewed by Soledad Palacios

1 sound_recording(s) 32 minutes
Adela Rosales was born in Mexico and moved to Athens, Georgia in 2000 with her husband. She talks about the move, raising her children, and finding access to resources and support through community organizations like the Athens Latino Center for Education and Services (ALCES). She enrolled in classes to finish her GED and learn English.
Adela Rosales se nació en México y se mudó a Athens, Georgia en 2000 con su esposo. Ella habla sobre el cambio, criando sus hijos, e encontrando acceso a recursos y apoyo a través de organizaciones comunitarios como Athens Latino Center for Education and Services (ALCES). Ella se matriculó en clases para sacar su GED y aprender inglés.
AOHP-018 Adela Rosales audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-019 Ed Benson interviewed by Gary Bertsch

1 moving_image(s) 48 minutes
AOHP-019 Ed Benson video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-020 Lora Smothers interviewed by Iva Dimitrova

1 moving_image(s) 59 minutes
Smothers relates her own educational experiences in traditional schools to her experience at the Freedom to Grow Unschool, an alternative school outside of Athens, Georgia. She discusses the "unschooling" philosophy, how it's applied at Freedom to Grow through interdisciplinary learning, and the challenges and rewards she has encountered as director of the school.
AOHP-020 Lora Smothers video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-021 Iliana Rodriguez interviewed by Iva Dimitrova

1 moving_image(s) 90 minutes
While enrolled at the University of Georgia, Iliana Rodriguez recalls becoming informed about the Georgia ban on undocumented students to public colleges and universities, which prompted her involvement in Freedom University. She discusses co-founding the Undocumented Student Alliance, a student ally group in support of Freedom University, and recalls the evolution of the group's mission and activism over time. She discusses having to negotiate her Latina identity and issues of belonging while growing up, but how her background has served to inform her graduate-level research into Mexican immigration in Georgia and the undocumented student movement.
AOHP-021 Iliana Rodriguez audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-022 Neal Lester interviewed by Kim Waters

1 moving_image(s) 94 minutes
Neal Lester is a professor of English at the University of Arizona focusing on African-American literature and theater. He discusses growing up in the South, his increasing awareness of race with age, and his views regarding white allyship, African-American identity, travelling as a black person, having discussions on race, and the belief in the power of personal transformation.
AOHP-022 Neal Lester video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-023 Iwalani Farfour interviewed by Curtis Jester

1 sound_recording(s) 35 minutes
AOHP-023 Iwalani Farfour audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-024 Jacqueline Coburn interviewed by Curtis Jester

1 sound_recording(s) 36 minutes
AOHP-024 Jacqueline Coburn audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-025 Jill Read interviewed by James Reap

1 interview(s) 107 minutes
Jill Jayne Read attended both Wesleyan University and the University of Georgia where she got a Bachelor's of Music and a Master's in Public Administration, respectively. After marrying and moving to Athens, Georgia, Read served in a number of public administration positions. Read describes her experience in a variety of organizations, including working in the Heritage Foundation (an organization dedicated to the restoration of Athens' architecture) and her eventual work as a community relations officer for Athens-Clarke County. Read talks about her leadership and participation in a multitude of projects and events including the Downtown Revitalization Committee, Franklin College Chamber Series, Morton Theatre Corporation, WUGA Radio, Arts Alive Radio Program, the creation of the Athens Graphic Ordinance, New Arts Review, Nuçi's Space, University of Georgia State Botanical Garden, Blue Skies Concert Series, National Dance Week, Community Mural Project, Georgia Museum of Art, the Classic Center, Lyndon House Art Center, and the Morton Theatre Restoration Project.
AOHP-025 Jill Read audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-026 Knowa Johnson interviewed by Christian Lopez

Knowa D. Johnson and his wife, Mokah Jasmine Johnson, moved from Orlando, Florida to North Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 to expand their network reach and business experience. After 2yrs of co-producing a magazine, working as publicist and operations manager of an independent record label, they brought their background as event producers, media and hip hop entrepreneurs to Athens, Georgia. Their first year in Clarke County, together they founded the Athens Hip Hop Awards, an annual event focused on showcasing hip hop culture and recognizing black-owned business in the community. Years later they founded the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), originally a volunteer-led group that first challenged the discrimination in bars in downtown Athens while pushing for the passing of an anti-discrimination ordinance and civil rights commission. In these interviews, Knowa D. Johnson discusses his growing political involvement in Athens, both as an activist through the AADM group as well as working on political campaigns, including Tabitha Johnson-Green's 2018 campaign for U.S. House of Representatives Dist. 10 and former ACC commissioner Harry Sims' campaign for mayor of Athens in the 2018 midterm election cycle.



AOHP-026-01 Knowa Johnson, Interview 1

( 1 sound_recording(s) 150 minutes )
AOHP-026-01 Knowa Johnson, Interview 1 on Kaltura Access Online



AOHP-026-02 Knowa Johnson, Interview 2

( 1 sound_recording(s) 37 minutes )
AOHP-026-02 Knowa Johnson, Interview 2 on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-027 Linda Davis interviewed by Kimberly Davis

1 sound_recording(s) 46 minutes
Linda Davis was born and raised in the Brooklyn Community of Athens, Georgia. She is president of the Bethlehem Cemetery Society and has been honored by The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. In this interview, Davis details her experience growing up in Athens and places that stood out in the community, such as the Jack R. Wells Housing Community and the Brooklyn Cemetery. She explains the importance of the cemetery to the black community and how she aims to preserve it.
AOHP-027 Linda Davis audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-028 Harry L. Sims interviewed by Knowa Johnson

1 sound_recording(s) 79 minutes
Harry Sims grew up in Athens, Georgia and received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia. He taught at David C. Barrow Elementary before retiring and served as Athens City Commissioner before running for mayor. In this interview, Sims discusses his experience of school segregation and being a black man in Athens, Ga. He also shares his take on the unification of the government and how he got involved in politics.
AOHP-028 Harry Sims audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-029 Walter Allen Jr. interviewed by Knowa Johnson

1 sound_recording(s) 28 minutes
Walter Allen Jr. has lived in Athens his entire life, graduating from Cedar Shoals High School and attending the University of Georgia for two years. He left the university to work full-time for a local radio station and later started a successful black lifestyle magazine called the Zebra Magazine. In this interview, Allen recalls his experiences in black radio, travelling for work, and his wishes for his magazine.
AOHP-029 Wallter Allen Jr. audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-030 Bennie Roberson interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 72 minutes
Bennie Roberson was born in Athens in 1947 where he attended Union Baptist Institute and, upon its completion, Lyons Middle School. In this interview, he recalls historically significant areas such as The Bottom, East Athens, and Hot Corner and describes how Black commerce has become less prominent. He discusses the self-sufficiency of living in the country, the importance of morals, and how community solidarity has disappeared since integration. Roberson emphasizes how the Black community is excluded from certain spheres even today and its relationship with the justice system.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-030 Bennie Roberson audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-031 Thomas Griffith interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 71 minutes
Thomas Griffith was born in Madison County and moved with his family to Athens as a young teen. Throughout the interview, he stresses the importance of his mother's Christian faith in instilling strong morals in him and his brothers and her determination to bring them up correctly after his father passed away. He compares the education he received during segregation to the education his children received after integration and recalls his active role in advocating for workers' rights, particularly within the union. Griffith recounts a lawsuit the workers filed against Westinghouse Electric Corporation on the grounds of discrimination and their victory.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-031 Thomas Griffith audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-032 Bennie Lee Coleman III interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 61 minutes
Bennie Lee Coleman III was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He grew up with a single mother, his aunt and his grandmother in a little house on Oconee Street. In this interview Coleman shares how his values were shaped by listening to the advice and stories of the people in the Black community of Athens. He explains why he decided to run for Mayor in Athens and the care and respect he has for his people. He recalls specific people and places on Hot Corner as well as his experiences facing poverty and hunger as a child.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-032 Bennie Lee Coleman III audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-033 Donarell Green interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 61 minutes
Donarell R. Green III was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1946. His family moved to Athens shortly after his birth to start a medical practice for Black Athenians. In this interview he remembers the Susan Medical Center, growing up as the son of a doctor, and attending Burney-Harris High School. Green discusses prominent racial issues, specifically those regarding education, and he shares memories from his time on the Athens-Clarke County Board of Education. Green also recalls moments throughout his life where he experienced Civil Rights and opposing KKK protests, in Athens, Washington D.C., and Atlanta.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-033 Donarell Green audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-034 Julia Jones interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 71 minutes
Julia Jones was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. She attended West Broad street School and Athens High and Industrial School before furthering her education at Albany State University. In this interview, Jones reflects on her childhood and upbringing in Athens. She discusses her love for sports and how that translated into a lifelong involvement with sports and the community. She also talks about the life and legacy of her grandfather Harry 'Squab' Jones and the impact that he has had on her.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-034 Julia Jones audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-035 Michael Middlebrooks interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 67 minutes
Michael Middlebrooks was born in Athens, Georgia in 1956 and lived there for the majority of his life. He attended the University of Georgia and later worked for Georgia Power for 40 years. In this interview, Middlebrooks recalls his upbringing, the jobs he had throughout his life, and the significance of Black communities and Hot Corner. He also discusses his experiences with integration and inequality in the education system and he emphasizes the role that his experiences with education has had on his outlook on life and the way that he has raised his children.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-035 Michael Middlebrooks audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-036 Ken Dious interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 96 minutes
Ken Dious was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, where he attended the University of Georgia and earned a law degree. After spending some time doing civil rights litigation with the NAACP, Dious returned to Athens to establish his own law firm. In this interview, Dious discusses his upbringing, his experience with segregation and consequently integration, and the evolution of the Black community. He elaborates upon influential cases that impacted civil rights, the practice of law today, and his observations of the Black community in Athens.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-036 Ken Dious audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-037 John Clark interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 64 minutes
John Clark was raised in Oglethorpe County in a family of twelve siblings and moved to Athens upon the death of his father in 1965. After completing Burney-Harris High School, he served in the military before returning to Georgia and studying law at Savannah State University. In this interview, he recounts his experiences growing up at the end of the Jim Crow era, his path to activism, and how his career has shown him that serving the community is more important than making a profit. He also discusses community relations in the Black community and how he feels that they are too focused on sports today, instead of resurrecting strong intergenerational relationships.
Remote interview
AOHP-037 John Clark audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-038 Walter Allen Jr. interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 38 minutes
Walter Allen Jr. was born and raised in Athens, GA during the city's period of integration. In this interview he recalls his experiences with the integration process, attending seven different public schools, and being bused to schools on the other side of the city. He shares his love of music and passion for radio, listing the places he has worked and notable people he has worked with. He also mentions his father, Walter Allen Sr., and his magazine, Zebra.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-038 Walter Allen Jr. audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-039 James Deadwyler interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 73 minutes
James Deadwyler was born and raised in rural Winterville, GA, just outside of Athens. His parents passed when he was young and he was forced to drop out of school to make a living. In this interview, he describes his professional career working with numerous construction companies and on many notable projects. He explains the limitations and barriers to his success as a Black contractor during a still segregated period, and the effort he put into his work to overcome such hindrances. Deadwyler also mentions the church at which he was a deacon, the road where he grew up, and many teachers that influenced his life at Athens High and Industrial School.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-039 James Deadwyler audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-040 Tommy Brown interviewed by

1 interview(s) 78 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-040 Tommy Brown audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-041 Fannie Smith interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 87 minutes
Fannie Smith was born in Oglethorpe County, GA and, as a child, moved with her family to Athens, GA, where she remained the rest of her life. In this interview she talks about integrating Clarke County schools, working through high school and college, and facing situations where she was the only Black person in the room. She shares her memories of volunteering with the NAACP and marching with her family in Downtown Athens. Smith talks about her career as a business and technology educator and her passion for teaching, especially with the Future Business Leaders of America organization.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-041 Fannie Smith audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-042 Pearl Hall interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 54 minutes
Pearl Hall was born in Rocksprings Homes in Athens and has lived a life dedicated to serving the public. She attended West Broad Street School, Burney-Harris High School, and was a part of the first class to formally integrate into Clarke Central. In this interview, Hall discusses her upbringing, relationships in the community, areas of Black business, and why she decided to run for mayor of Athens-Clarke County.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-042 Pearl Hall audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-043 Billy Wade interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 104 minutes
Billy Wade was born in Athens in 1954. An active member in the community, he was influenced by figures such as athletes, coaches, and elders that helped shape his career into one of the most impactful coaches in Athens history. In this interview, Wade retells what he knows and what he learned about Athens Black sports history during his career and how the community has changed. He discusses at great length the athletes he worked with and his experiences with sports.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-043 Billy Wade audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-044 Marion Stroud interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 97 minutes
Marion Stroud was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He attended Union Baptist Institute and Athens High and Industrial School before receiving a football scholarship to Allen University. While in college, Stroud served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany and studied German at Frankfurt University. He finally received his Master's in Arts at the University of Georgia and continued his passion for Art through his career and his band. In this interview, Stroud discusses the history of the Athens Black Economy. He also recalls the Black communities that once thrived in Athens and gives explanations for their demise.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-044 Marion Stroud audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-045 James Sims, Jr. interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 52 minutes
Athens, Georgia
 

AOHP-046 Lora Smothers interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 41 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-046 Lora Smothers audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-047 Arthur Sims, Sr. interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 50 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-047 Arthur Sims, Sr. audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-048 Wilucia Green interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 73 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-048 Wilucia Green audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-049 Marjorie Green Turner interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 63 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-049 Marjorie Green Turner audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-050 Shelia Neely-Norman interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 58 minutes
Shelia Neely-Norman was born in Athens in 1948 where she attended East Athens Elementary School, Lyons Middle School, and Burney-Harris High School before continuing her education in sociology and early childhood education at Paine College and Troy University. In this interview, Neely-Norman shares her experiences growing up in segregated Athens, memories of influential activists including her mother, and discusses the gentrification of neighborhoods and the University's role in it.
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-050 Shelia Neely-Norman audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AOHP-051 Barbara Sheats interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 52 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-051 Barbara Sheats audio interview in Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-052 Candace Sheats interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 53 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-052 Candace Sheats audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-053 Lillie P. Stewart interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 44 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-053 Lillie P. Stewart audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-054 Tiffany Taylor interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 56 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-054 Tiffany Taylor audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-055 Julita Sanders interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 51 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-055 Julita Sanders audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-056 Charles Hardy interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 39 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-056 Charles Hardy audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-057 Asia Thomas interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 71 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-057 Asia Thomas audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-058 LaKeisha Gantt interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 91 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-058 LaKeisha Gantt audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-059 Barnard Sims interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 109 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-059 Barnard Sims audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-060 Charles Campbell interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 60 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-060 Charles Campbell audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-061 Patricia Clifton interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 84 minutes
Remote interview
AOHP-061 Patricia Clifton audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-062 Shannondore Sims interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 66 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-062 Shannondore Sims audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-063 Earnest Elder interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 63 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-063 Earnest Elder audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-064 Ethel H. Johnson



AOHP-064-01 Ethel H. Johnson interviewed by William Breeding

( 1 interview(s) 77 minutes )
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-064-01 Ethel H. Johnson audio interview on Kaltura Access Online



AOHP-064-02 Ethel H. Johnson interviewed by William Breeding

( 1 interview(s) 58 minutes )
AOHP-064-02 Ethel H. Johnson audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-065 Jessica Johnson interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 77 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-065 Jessica Johnson audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-066 Larry Green interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 124 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-066 Larry Green audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-067 Phyllis Q. Stewart interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 110 minutes
Athens, Georgia
AOHP-067 Phyllis Q. Stewart audio interview on Kaltura Access Online
 

AOHP-068 Valdon Daniels interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 67 minutes
Remote interview
 

AOHP-069 Isaiah Ellison interviewed by William Breeding

1 interview(s) 100 minutes
Athens, Georgia

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