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1h 23min   |   English   |  20 April 2019


Ms. King joined the SNCC in 1963 and worked in the communications office with Julian Bond until 1965, based in Atlanta. Ms. King also worked in Greenwood, Mississippi during Freedom Summer in 1964, serving as a liaison between SNCC and the news media and various government law enforcement agencies. She is the author of the prize-winning memoir, Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Ms. King talks about entering the Southern freedom movement, her work with SNCC, her professional relationship with Julian Bond and his legacy for the freedom movement.


Dr. Bourne graduated from Emory University in 1958 and Emory Medical School in 1962. Here, Dr. Bourne talks about confronting Southern segregation as a foreigner, meeting Julian Bond, getting involved in the Atlanta student movement and Mr. Bond's legacy.

Julian Bond Oral History Project: Mary King and Peter Bourne
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An interview with Mary King and Peter Bourne for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University. Conducted by Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government and Project Director, in Fredericksburg, Virginia on October 19th, 2018. This project documents the rise of Julian Bond from the early years in the Atlanta student movement to becoming a founding member and later communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his rise to national prominence by 1968.

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Project Director: Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government, American University Research and Technical Support: Gracie Brett, Lianna Bright, Audra Gale and Colleen Vivaldi

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