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Rich's: A Civil Rights Legacy

Dec 29, 2004

Rich's is well-remembered by many long-time Atlanta residents for its hospitality and community service. But there was a time when it made headlines - as one of the frontlines of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Rich's status as the southeast's premiere department store made it a primary target in the desegregation efforts of 1960 and '61.

WABE's Kate Sweeney spoke with four people active in the sit-ins and picketing at Rich's: Charles Black, Julian Bond, Lydia Tucker-Douglas and Lonnie King.

This is what they remember about their experiences.

Part One

  Part Two

Rich's commercial audio courtesy of WSB Television Newsfilm Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries Media Archives.