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Passing the Torch of Activism


Passing the Torch of Activism


The struggle for rights, autonomy, and certain freedoms has been waged throughout human existence, and the gift of activism has been handed down from one generation to the next. Activism is defined as, “the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.” Dr. Martin Luther King inherited the legacy from Gandhi, who used such activist tactics to help end segregation.

Archives are repositories of primary resources. Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives are filled with information documenting individual and grass roots activism, from correspondence to protest signs. Firsthand accounts in GSU’s oral history collections serve to record activists’ times of “vigorous campaigning.”


Hilary Morrish




Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.


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Items in the Passing the Torch of Activism Collection

The worldwide financial turmoil that hit in 2008 provoked many activist responses. Georgia State University students participated in Occupy Georgia State and Occupy Atlanta in an effort to bring attention to issues affecting students and society.

Georgia State University Student holds sign in front of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, asking for student loans to be forgiven and to end "Debt Slavery" another holds a sign saying the "99 percent is too big to fail!"

Georgia State University student holds protest sign near Fairlie-Poplar street, "Forgive Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy."

Protester stands holding a sign with image of Martin Luther King, quoting him "Capitalism Has Outlived Its Usefulness., during the Occupy GSU protest in Woodruff Park.

Jessie Jackson amongst protestors in Woodruff Park. Protestor behind him holds up a poster with Herman Cain and President Obama as 'Able'.