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Phase Four - The Quest for Black Power - 1966

The General Assembly refuses to give Julian Bond the oath of office as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives because of his anti-Vietnam War stance.

The term “Black Power” has become the rallying cry for young activists in Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The term is first introduced by Atlantan Willie Ricks and taken up by Stokely Carmichael during the Alabama “march against fear.”

The Atlanta Project, headed by SNCC activist Bill Ware, begins an aggressive program to push for improvement action in Vine City for more influence in the local political system, and to encourage black consciousness in the black community.

The militancy and Black Nationalist stance of the Atlanta Project permeates SNCC and nationally, thus it is a harbinger of the wave of Black Nationalism sweeping the country.

September: A rebellion occurs in the African American community of Summerhill after a man is shot by a white police officer. Sixteen people are injured and 75 arrested.

The Atlanta Voice newspaper is founded by J. Lowell Ware with a defined vision and mission which has been the publication’s motto and driving force ever since — “A People Without A Voice Cannot Be Heard.” It, like the The Atlanta Inquirer, is meant to be an alternative to the conservative Atlanta Daily World newspaper.