Being nonexistent in the 60’s, I had never heard of The Great Speckled Bird, Atlanta’s underground progressive newspaper published in the late 60’s and early 70’s, until I happened to hear a feature story about it on the radio a few months ago. I was fascinated by the history of the paper, the radical causes it took up, and the dedication of its members, who were often harassed for being associated with it:
Then the other day, while taking a walk in Decatur square (just a hop, skip, and jump away from the Decatur Library) I saw that the DeKalb History Center had an exhibit of The Great Speckled Bird. It’s really a sight to see. They have many of the covers and spreads hanging up, and samples of the stories grouped by causes (Racial Equality, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, Worker’s Rights, Anti-War, etc.). The exhibit is up now, so go check it out.
And if you’re not familiar with the DeKalb History Center, it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of DeKalb County. It’s located in the historic DeKalb County Courthouse, in the “Decatur square”. They have several other interesting exhibits up right now too!