Lonnie C. King Jr. is a civil rights pioneer and soldier for justice and equality

Lonnie C. King Jr. has always been a soldier for justice and equality. While a student at Morehouse College in the 1960s, King joined the Student Nonviolent Coalition Committee (SNCC) and helped form a group called the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR). Members of COAHR crafted an appeal calling for the desegregation of local businesses, which was widely circulated and printed in several publications on March 9, 1960, including, Atlanta Constitution (today The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), the Atlanta Journal (today also The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and Atlanta Daily World. The document was dubbed “An Appeal for Human Rights.” Six days after its publication, King and other protestors marched in Atlanta on March 15, 1960. This was a crucial moment in the sit-in movement of the civil rights movement.

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