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Margaret Leonard / Long Collection

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Title: Margaret Leonard / Long CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: MS/126

Primary Creator: Margaret Leonard

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Subjects: Civil Rights--United States, Committee of Racial Equality, CORE, desegregation, Freedom Rides, 1961, integration, journalism, Look Magazine, Macon, Georgia, Macon Telegraph, Margaret Leonard, Margaret Long, segregation, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.), United Negro College Fund, Women's Liberation

Abstract

Margaret (Sissy) Leonard and her family have a long tradition of jounalism and activism during the twentieth century. This tradition began with her grandfather, George Long, who relentlessly attacked the Ku Klux Klan in his editorials at the Macon Telegraph in the early 1900's. Her mother Margaret Long, a progressive journalist, worked at various southern newspapers while writing two published novels and raising two children (mostly alone) at a time when female journalists were a rarity. Margaret Long wrote about and corresponded with many of the important people involved with both sides of the civil rights and women's liberation movements.

Margaret Leonard, while pursuing her own jounalism career,  began her activism in the civil rights movement while attending college in New Orleans. She participated in local sit-ins and  the Mississippi Freedom Rides of 1961 during which she was arrested and jailed. She is characterized as the "first unmistakably Southern white student to participate in the Mississippi Freedom Rides" by Raymond Arsenault in his book Freedom Riders. Her activism was detailed in Look magazine and served as an inspiration for participants that followed. Leonard is now retired after working for several newspapers including the Chattanooga Times, St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, and Tallahassee Democrat.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Margaret (Sissy) Leonard and her family have a long tradition of jounalism and activism during the twentieth century. This tradition began with her grandfather, George Long, who relentlessly attacked the Ku Klux Klan in his editorials at the Macon Telegraph in the early 1900's. Her mother Margaret Long, a progressive journalist, worked at various southern newspapers while writing two published novels and raising two children (mostly alone) at a time when female journalists were a rarity. Margaret Long wrote about and corresponded with many of the important people involved with both sides of the civil rights and women's liberation movements.

Margaret Leonard, while pursuing her own jounalism career,  began her activism in the civil rights movement while attending college in New Orleans. She participated in local sit-ins and  the Mississippi Freedom Rides of 1961 during which she was arrested and jailed. She is characterized as the "first unmistakably Southern white student to participate in the Mississippi Freedom Rides" by Raymond Arsenault in his book Freedom Riders. Her activism was detailed in Look magazine and served as an inspiration for participants that followed. Leonard is now retired after working for several newspapers including the Chattanooga Times, St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, and Tallahassee Democrat.

The collection documents the personal and professional lives of  Margaret (Sissy) Leonard, her mother Margaret Long, her father Howard Leonard (also a jounalist), and her sister Catherine (Bunny). Included are personal letters and notes, official correspondence, maunuscripts and newspaper or magazine articles written about or by the family members. Coverage is from the early 1900's through the 1980's, but is cenetered around 1950's- 1970's. The collection covers some national events, but is concentrated on the South. Subjects include the civil rights movement, the women's liberation movement, the Freedom Rides, sit-ins, SNCC (Sudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committe, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the Charleston Hospital Strike, southern union politics, prison conditions and the Albany Movement. The personal correspondence chronicles the experiences of the family. Struggles with alcoholism, divorce, single motherhood, finances and discrimination are revealed in  sometimes intimate details. The collection is not all encompassing as many items are incomplete or damaged, but  it documents the many subjects from a personal and jounalistic perspective.

Collection Historical Note

This collection was donated by Margaret Long

Subject/Index Terms

Civil Rights--United States
Committee of Racial Equality, CORE
desegregation
Freedom Rides, 1961
integration
journalism
Look Magazine
Macon, Georgia
Macon Telegraph
Margaret Leonard
Margaret Long
segregation
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
United Negro College Fund
Women's Liberation

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Acquisition Source: Margaret Leonard

Acquisition Method: gift


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Folder 1: George H. Long Photographs, No date, this was picture was displayed in article about announcement of hiAdd to your cart.
Copies of photograph of George H. Long
Other Information: Photographs
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Paper placed between photographs
Folder 2: George H. Long Documents, 1906Add to your cart.
Naturalization document & masonic membership document
Other Information: Original documents of George H. Long
Physical Description: Good
Folder 3: Henry Grady High School DiplomaAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: George H. Long Death Annoucements, 1920sAdd to your cart.
Newspaper clippings
Other Information: Articles from various newspapers including Macon Telegraph, AJC announcing the death of George H. Long.
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: Copies made
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings 1915-1918, February 25, 1915 - December 2, 1918Add to your cart.
Newspaper Clippings
Other Information: Newspaper clippings from the Macon Telegraph 1715 - 1918articles that maybe written by George Long. Noticed the same page is kept from each newspaper. One article written by Howard Long. Article written about Margaret Long Leonard in NYC Civil Liberties.
Physical Description: they are all kind of riped and torn, very fragile
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Oversize Articles, 1960s to 1980sAdd to your cart.
Newspaper and Magazine article
Names: Charles Leonard, Margaret "Mammy" Long, Howard Leonard
Other Information: Newspaper and magazine articles consisting of various times and subjects.
Physical Description: Poor to fair, some tearing and discoloration
Processing Information: needs copies
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Contains an image by Jay Cryer depicting a black dog.

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