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October 13 2015

John Hope Bryant to Speak at Opening of Exhibit "Start Something, Activism and the Atlanta Student Movement" at the AUC Woodruff Library

ATLANTA, Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Woodruff Library and Atlanta Student Movement alumni are hosting an exhibition program to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the 1960 AUC student-led protests to end segregation in Atlanta, Georgia.  The program will be held at the Library on Thursday, October 15, 2015, 4:00-6:00 p.m.   John Hope Bryant, entrepreneur, businessman, thought leader, and philanthropist, will be the keynote speaker.  Bryant is founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, a financial literary program for the empowerment of youth, the working poor, the underserved, and the struggling middle class.  His award winning book, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class will be available for purchase and autograph. The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Bryant's address on "The Power of a Unifying Voice" will speak to how economic empowerment strengthens the individual and the community and is a key element in the quest for equality and justice.  "We're looking forward to hearing from Mr. Bryant about ways to sustain the middle class and how those methods are influenced by economics and race.  His address will connect the dots between activism, hope and community achievement," said Loretta Parham, CEO and director of the AUC Woodruff Library. 

This event is also the official opening of the exhibit, Start Something: Activism and The Atlanta Student Movement that will be on display in the Library October 15, 2015  March 31, 2016.

The exhibit documents how students from Atlanta University, Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), The Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College strategized and worked together to stage protests, actions now known as the Atlanta Student Movement. The students organized nonviolent marches, sit-ins, picket lines, and boycotts that forced Atlanta merchants and government officials to desegregate stores and public facilities. 

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About the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library
The AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library is a shared resource responding to the research, curricular and information needs of four historically Black colleges and universities: Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. Recently renovated, the Library features collaborative learning and study spaces, current technologies, a café and exhibition hall, and a premier Archives Research Center. To learn more, visit or contact 404-978-2000.

Media Contact: 
Carolyn Hart
AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library