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Gwendolyn Middlebrooks, C'61, Recalls Her Role in the Atlanta Student Movement

March 2016

"When I saw all the students pouring off Spelman's campus...I thought my heart would just break with joy. They just decided they were coming to join in something that they knew was worthwhile." -- Gwendolyn Middlebrooks, Ph.D.

Associate professor emeritus of Spelman College, Gwendolyn Middlebrooks, Ph.D., C’61, is an original member of the Atlanta Student Sit-In Movement (1959-1960) who was jailed twice for picketing the Georgia State Capitol and courthouse. She used to work as a babysitter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and has been a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church since she was 10 years old.

In this video, Dr. Middlebrooks shares how she and her classmates fought for equality.

See more video footage of Gwendolyn Middlebrooks and the Atlanta Student Movement on Freedom

Read a transcript about Middlebrooks' experiences during the Civil Rights Movement.