WHEREAS, Lonnie King, moved to Atlanta as a young man, joined Ebenezer Baptist Church and attended Atlanta’s David T. Howard High School, where he was elected as the president of the student council and went on to graduate from Morehouse College; and
WHEREAS, Lonnie King, joined the Navy before returning to complete his education at Morehouse College, where he joined with fellow Atlanta University Center students as co-founder of the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights, drafting, publishing and disseminating the manifesto, “An Appeal for Human Rights,” calling for desegregation and equality in the areas of education, jobs, housing, voting, hospitals, law enforcement, and access to facilities such as movie theaters, concert halls, and restaurants.; and
WHEREAS, on March 15, 1960, he founded, with Julian Bond and others, the Atlanta Student Movement to push back against university leaders’ attempts to stifle students protesting against segregation and organized the first of Atlanta’s sit-ins; and
WHEREAS, as one of the leaders of what became known as the Atlanta Student Movement, Lonnie King stood arm in arm with Revered Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy and other icons of the Civil Rights Movement in the face of overwhelming opposition; and
WHEREAS, throughout his life Lonnie King remained active in social justice work and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Education from the University of Baltimore, ran for congress, supported voter education and registration; and while serving as president of the Atlanta NAACP, he was instrumental in getting the Atlanta School Board to hire its first African American superintendent; and
WHEREAS, until his passing, Lonnie King remained an unsung hero who continued his work promoting racial equality, it is fitting that the Atlanta City Council create a Commission to determine an appropriate manner in which to honor his contributions. Revered Martin Luther King, Ralph David
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, that a Commission is hereby established which shall determine an appropriate manner in which to honor the late Lonnie C. King such as renaming a street or naming or dedicating a public place such as a building, plaza, park or other similar public place.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission shall be composed of twelve (14) members to be appointed as follows:
1) One member shall be appointed by the Mayor;
2) One member shall be appointed by the City Council President;
3) One member shall be appointed by office of Council District 11
4) Two members shall be Spelman College Alumnae
5) Two members shall be Morehouse College Alumni
6) One member shall be an Emory University representative
7) One member shall be a Georgia State University representative
8) One member shall be a United Youth Adult Conference representative
9).One member shall be a Rush Memorial Church representative
10) One members shall be a Good Government of Atlanta representative
11) Two members shall be veterans of the Atlanta Student Movement
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such appointments shall not require confirmation by the Atlanta City Council.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission shall begin meeting once a majority of the appointments have been made and will meet on a monthly basis or as needed.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission shall be staffed by staff of the sponsor
Councilmember's office and the Office of Constituent Services of the Mayor; and a Chair will be elected by the body of the Commission.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission will endeavor to meet its anticipated
goals and be sunset by June 30, 2020.