Lonnie King
(1936 — 2019)


As remembered by Sharlene Kranz
March 6, 2019

Lonnie C. King, who as a Morehouse student was one of the founders of the Atlanta Student Movement, died today at Genesis Nursing Home in Riverdale, GA. He was 83 years old.

A Georgia native, a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Morehouse, he led the Atlanta Student Movement's political, economic, and legal boycotts against segregated lunch counters in Atlanta, GA during 1960-61.

He later served as the head of the Atlanta branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the early 1970s. In that role, he was instrumental in negotiating a compromise that rejected school busing in return for the hiring of Atlantas first black school superintendent, Alonzo Crim, and the appointment of African American members to the Board of Education.

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