FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
The Great Speckled Bird Traveling Exhibit Now Available
An exhibit commemorating The Great Speckled Bird, an
alternative newspaper published in Atlanta from 1968 to 1976, is now on
display at the William S. Smith Library at South Georgia State College.
Great Speckled Bird was one of several underground newspapers that appeared
in the United States during that time period. The Bird, as it was commonly
known, stood out among the alternative press for the quality of its writing,
its cover art and its coverage of a range of topics —national and local
politics, the counterculture, women’s issues, gay liberation, music and art.
The Bird was a new, radical voice from the South. At its height, The Bird
was one of the largest weekly newspapers in the state. However, it was not
without controversy, and the paper’s unapologetic stance on the issues of
the day placed The Bird in one firestorm after another — both literally and
figuratively. In 1972, The Bird’s offices were firebombed, but the paper
recovered and published weekly until 1976.
The display is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National
Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia
General Assembly. Stop by the William S. Smith Library for a look at one of
Georgia’s most interesting and influential publications from a very
turbulent time period. The exhibit is on display through May 20.
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About South Georgia State College
South Georgia State College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia State College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.