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The Great Speckled Bird: What a Beautiful Thought I Am Thinking

The exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first issue of The Great Speckled Bird. Content in this exhibit incorporates resources from Special Collections and Archives’ Digital Collections at the Georgia State University Library. The Great Speckled Bird (1968-1976) launched in 1968, a year of protests and political contestation around the globe. In Atlanta, the founders of the paper felt it necessary to create an outlet for news that presented a point of view unavailable in the city’s other media platforms. The Bird served as a clearinghouse for information about and as a call to action for the interconnected social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, including civil rights, anti-Vietnam War activism, and women’s and lesbian and gay liberation. The paper also focused attention on subjects and news largely ignored or selectively covered by the city’s mainstream news media.

Co-curation and exhibit design by Kathleen LaPorte, graduate student in the School of Public Health, Georgia State University, and graduate assistant for the Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections and Archives, University Library. Co-curation and exhibit text by Andy Reisinger, co-director of the Great Speckled Bird Oral History Project, Special Collections and Archives, University Library; doctoral student in History; and Business Manager of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Exhibit support and guidance by Spencer Roberts, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University Library