In the early 1960s, the Atlanta Student Movement bubbled up from the historically black colleges on the west side of downtown.
They wanted to be able to eat at restaurants, shop at department stores and not live as second-class citizens.
But their efforts were not being covered by the traditional media. Even the existing black press ignored them – fearing they were too radical and disruptive to the status quo.
That’s how the Atlanta Inquirer was born. Several black leaders – including businessmen Herman Russell and Jesse Hill – put their support behind the upstart.