The Power of Protest

Protest is well represented across many of the collecting areas in Georgia State University’s Special Collections and Archives, and the Gender and Sexuality Collections include particularly rich offerings. Documents are scattered throughout the collections, as activist donors saved the history of their personal and group activities. Of note are the papers of ACT UP members Andrew Wood and Jim Allen, as well as Project Q member and organizer of the Cracker Barrel “Buy One Campaign,” Carl Owens. Interviews conducted for the Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project further flesh out the history of protest activities.

The Andrew P. Wood Papers have been digitized and are available via the GSU Library’s Digitial Collections.

Participants in the Atlanta Pride parade with a sign that reads “Equal Rights for All,” 1977
Photograph — ACT UP member Anthony Ricciardi carries a sign in AIDS walk, Atlanta, Georgia, October 4, 1992
Flyer — “Stop State Sponsored Genocide” protest announcement
Photograph — Jeff Graham protesting at City Hall, 1993
Photograph — Protesters outside First Baptist Church, 1986, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AJCP178-023b
Flyer — “The ABC’s of CD”, Andrew Wood Papers, Q121-001-001-003
Photograph — Gay rights activists protest Mayor Maynard Jackson’s veto of the city’s domestic partner benefits legislation, Atlanta, Georgia, July 2, 1993
Photograph — ACT UP/Atlanta demonstration outside Winn-Dixie, over firing of an HIV positive employee, Sage Hill Shopping Center, Atlanta, Georgia, November 9, 1991.