Meet a Librarian: Nedda Ahmed

Who is Nedda?
Nedda is the librarian for the College of the Arts and Department of Communication. She has the unique pleasure of working both with “creatives”–filmmakers, designers, artists, musicians, actors, etc.—and with scholars who study, analyze, and write about the arts. Nedda feels that she has a pretty cool job! And she especially loves teaching students in the creative fields how to use research to enhance their own practice, whether it’s painting or playing the tuba.

Nedda’s Educational Background:
Nedda was an art student as an undergrad. This early training taught her how critical the relationship is between research and creative practice. After college, Nedda moved to New York City and went to cooking school! She worked as a chef for about three years, but got bored. Nedda finally decided to get a Master’s degree in Library Science when she saw a job ad placed by an archaeological expedition that was looking for a librarian to go to Egypt and catalog objects discovered on a dig. She thought it sounded like an amazing career with a lot of potential for intellectual stimulation. Although she hasn’t ever been employed as part of an archaeological expedition, she is happy to report that her initial impressions of librarianship have been spot on. As a librarian, Nedda learns something new every day.

Quick Facts about Nedda:
• Favorite subject in school: Art! But she also really loved Latin, and has found one phrase in particular to be useful in her line of work: De gustibus non est disputandum. If you don’t know what that means, look it up! (or ask a librarian)
• What Nedda Wanted to be When She Grew Up: nothing boring. That was pretty much her only criterion.
• What Does Nedda Still Want to Learn: She’d really love to learn Arabic. Her father was from Iraq, but she and her brother never learned the language—she thinks her parents found it too convenient around holidays and birthdays to have their own “secret code!”
• Standard Coffee Order: Hazelnut Soy Latte, iced if it’s over 70 degrees outside. Because she’s fancy.

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Data & Research Computing Workshops this Summer

Summer time is the right time for brushing up on your data and research computing skills!  Below are relevant workshops being offered by the Library’s Research Data Services Team and the GSU Advanced Scientific Computing Support Group at Research Solutions this summer.

Introduction to Advanced Scientific Computing Infrastructure at GSU – Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:00am-1:00pm, 58 Edgewood Ave SE, Room 365 – REGISTER HERE

R Workshop # 1 – Introduction to R & Jupyter – Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 58 Edgewood Ave SE, Room 365 – REGISTER HERE

R Workshop # 2 – R Programming: Loops, Conditionals, and Functions – Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 58 Edgewood Ave SE, Room 365 – REGISTER HERE

Creating Web Maps using ArcGIS Online – Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 10:30am-11:30am, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

Tableau Data Visualization: Getting Started – Monday, June 25, 2018, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Atlanta Campus, CURVE (Library South, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

NVivo 1 for Windows: Getting Started – Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 10:30am-12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

NVivo 2 for Windows: Exploring Your Data -Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 10:30am-12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

SPSS 1: Getting Started – Thursday, July 19, 2018, 10:30am-12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

SPSS 2: Analyzing Data – Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:30am-12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


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Meet a librarian: Denise Dimsdale, Education Librarian

Who is Denise?

I am the Education Librarian working primarily with the College of Education and Human Development. In this role, I teach users how to locate, use, and evaluate information. I also cover topics such as reference management software, scholarly metrics, and much more. My main service oriented projects revolve around support for open educational practices. My work in this area addresses concerns such as college affordability through openly licensed course materials, equitable access to information, and innovative and effective pedagogies through the use of open content and technologies.

What kind of education do you need for that?

Denise has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from GSU and a Master of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University.

Did you always want to be a librarian? What got you started in libraries?

As a young person, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, librarian did not come to mind. My young answers to that question were more along the lines of artist, gymnast, poet, and ninja warrior. I started working full time in the GSU library when I was working on my Master’s degree in music, and I just never left. I enjoyed working in the library so much that I eventually got my Master’s in Library Science so that I could move from opera singer to librarian. I enjoy working with people, so as a librarian, I have always worked in public services.

Tell us about your choir singing.

I sang in the Atlanta Opera chorus for many years. I also sang lead roles with smaller companies in the Atlanta area during much of that time. I don’t sing opera anymore, but I still hold a staff singing position at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church here in Atlanta.

Who’s your favorite author?

My favorite author at the moment is Haruki Murakami.

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Meet a Librarian: Joe Hurley

Joe Hurley, GIS and Data Services Librarian

Who is Joe?

Joe Hurley is a GIS and Data Services librarian. He’s also the subject librarian for the Department of Geosciences and the Urban Studies Institute. He provides support for GIS data and digital mapping applications as well as demographic data applications. He’s involved with creating digital resources that support the study and teaching of urban change in the Atlanta region. He considers himself to be highly fortunate that his position allows him to combine his interest in urban history, urban studies, digital projects, and digital mapping. He especially enjoys sharing and teaching about our unique Atlanta-focused digital collections and projects with students, faculty, and the community.

He has a BA and an MA in history and an MLIS. He’s also working on another graduate degree in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science at Georgia Tech.

Fun Facts about Joe:

He’s a supporter of alternative transportation and regularly rides his cargo bike to work with his son, who goes to the GSU daycare center. He’s a co-founder of the Decatur Bicycle Coalition, a group that advocates for a network of protected bike lanes throughout Decatur and beyond. The group strongly believes that riding bikes should be safe for everyone, from school-aged children to elderly residents. If you don’t see him riding his orange cargo bike to work, he’s probably riding on the train.

It’s a good thing that he rides his bike to work, because he has a soft spot for pastries and can’t pass up a good bakery. Luckily his wife is from Germany, and he gets to satisfy his pastry cravings every year in Germany because there is a bakery on almost every German street corner.

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Panel to Discuss M.H. Ross: Labor Leader and Coal Miner’s Advocate

M.H. Ross (right) with textile worker Ernest Jones during the Southern Summer School for Workers, undated [L2001-05_113]

The Life and Work of MH Ross.

Please join us for our upcoming panel discussion on M.H. Ross. Professors Kenneth Fones-Wolf (West Virginia University) and Robert Woodrum (GSU’s Perimeter College Decatur Campus) will join Jane Ross Davis, daughter of M. H. Ross, to discuss his life as a union organizer, progressive political hopeful, advocate for coal miners, and family man.

Where: Georgia State University Library, Atlanta Campus, 8th floor of Library South (Special Collections and Archives). 

When: Thursday, May 3rd, 3:00-5:00 pm. 

Visit here for RSVP and Directions. 

Contact: Call Special Collections and Archives at 404-413-2880, or email us at


A labor union political march [L2001-05_079]

Who is M.H. Ross?

Attending the Southern School for Workers at the age of 19 sparked M. H. Ross’ interest in and involvement with the labor movement. Throughout his career, Ross worked with unions, including the United Mine Workers, the Mine, Mill, and Smelter workers, and the United Furniture Workers, as an organizer or arbitrator.

Interested in politics, he ran for public office twice: once in 1940 for a seat on city council on the People’s Platform in Charlotte, North Carolina, and again in 1948, for United States Congress on the Progressive Party ticket in North Carolina. Later in life, Ross founded the Fairmont Clinic, a group practice in Fairmont, West Virginia, which had the mission of providing high quality medical care for coal miners and their families.

The Ross Papers

The Ross papers are part of the Southern Labor Archives in Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives, are being digitized with grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Official NHPRC logo


You can read more about M.H. Ross here and here.

We hope you can attend and please contact us if you have any questions!

-Special Collections and Archives


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Teaching with content from The Public Domain Review

Optical illusion Optical illusion of 5-point star and 3D cube

From the Manly Palmer Hall collection of alchemical manuscripts, 1500-1825 as viewed at: Public Domain

What is The Public Domain Review?

The Public Domain Review (PDR) is a journal curating and commenting on content in the public domain. The journal focuses on the best and lesser known images, books, film, and audio selections from nearly 40 content sources. Although countless online websites exist for locating historical documents, primary sources, and other archival materials, PDR is unique in both its curation and its intriguing long-form essays. Finding materials is also fun as the journal encourages serendipitous explorations of its collections with easy to use browsing options such as “by century” or “by tag” but also offers a search box for more focused search options.

More about the Public Domain

Each year the corpus of works in the public domain increases as copyright expires. Currently, works published before 1923 in the United States are in the public domain. Other factors contribute to when copyright expires or when a work is in the public domain. Cornell University provides an informative chart for recognizing which works are in the public domain in the U.S. Laws vary by country. Works that are in the public domain are not protected by copyright. This provides the opportunity to share and use them to teach openly and freely.

Why use content from The Public Domain Review for teaching?

Consider using PDR if your course needs a little something out of the ordinary that doesn’t have copyright restrictions and is freely available online. The items in the PDR collections are in the public domain in most countries. The articles about the collections are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.

Content from the PDR can

  • Help students relate more deeply to events, themes, or topics by understanding historical significance through images, books, film and audio
  • Provide a little humor as much of the content leans toward the playful
  • Provide copyright free content for a presentation, blog, or conference poster

A few teaching ideas include:

  • Assignments involving primary sources. Bowdoin College provides this guide which is about writing historical papers but also provides a lot of insight into the skills and thought processes needed to effectively use historical content
  • Starting points for writing assignments
  • Assignments for students to curate their own content or remix/incorporate content to tell a story or create new works
  • Artifact analysis, Contextual analysis, Critical thinking, and more

Explore The Public Domain Review yourself, or take a look at these interesting essays:

If you are looking for unique, open content for your course, The Public Domain Review just might be what you need.  If you don’t find what you need there, take a look at the GSU Library’s Open Education Guide. Or, contact Denise Dimsdale, Affordable Learning Georgia Library Coordinator, at the GSU Library. The GSU Library is happy to assist instructors with locating open educational resources, public domain content, library resources, and other course content that provide affordable options for students and pedagogical opportunities for instructors.

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Meet a Librarian: Jill Anderson

Jill Anderson, GSU Humanities Librarian

Who is Jill?

Jill is a coffee-loving Humanities Librarian, and works with the departments of History, African-American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She supports research in these areas through consultations, in-class instruction, and various kinds of outreach. Jill especially enjoys creative approaches to library instruction using primary sources, and developing collaborative workshops and instruction sessions with archivists in GSU’s Special Collections & Archives, including Morna Gerrard, Women and Gender Collections Archivist, and Kevin Fleming, Popular Music and Culture Archivist. She has also taught an Honors 1000 freshman seminar called “‘Going Steady?’: Documenting the History of Dating in American Culture, 1940-1990,” which is being offered again in Fall 2018.

What did she study?

In addition to her M.S. in Information Science, Jill holds a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in history, but she actually didn’t like most of her history classes in high school. She didn’t realize until she started taking (and enjoying) cultural and intellectual history courses in college that her beloved “Advanced Social Theories” class in high school had really been an intellectual history course. As a young child, she originally wanted to be a writer, and typed up a scrapbook’s worth of poems on her dad’s fancy new 1970 Sears electronic typewriter.

Jill still owns her father’s 1970 Sears electronic typewriter.

Jill’s love of writing has always intersected with her history studies:

“My history writing has always strongly overlapped with literary criticism, because I’ve always been interested in how young people engaged with artistic/literary thought and practices of their time to go about becoming writers.”

Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower.

Jill’s Favorite Reads

Lately, she’s been reading work from Brittney Cooper; first Cooper’s groundbreaking book on African-American women’s intellectual history, Beyond Respectability (which just won a major award from the Organization of American Historians for best work in intellectual history for 2017), and then her more personal memoir Eloquent Rage. Jill loves the poetry of Stephanie Burt (previously published as Stephen Burt), and would recommend Burt’s latest collection, Advice from the Lights.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher, The Brimming Cup, with bonus Jackson Lears’ No Place of Grace sighting.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s novel The Brimming Cup is Jill’s go-to for comfort reading, and she also regularly revisits Siri Hustvedt’s novel What I Loved and Annie Dillard’s autobiography An American Childhood. No Place of Grace by Jackson Lears is the book that convinced her to major in history in spite of her English inclinations, and later inspired her to study under Lears at Rutgers for her Ph.D.

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Sacrifice – The Rosses in the South

The M. H. Ross Papers digital collection is now publicly accessible online. Digitization of the M. H. Ross Papers is being funded by a $48,865 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and will continue through September 2018.

By early 1941, Mike Ross was working as a Field Representative for the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), which was still part of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) at the time. Mike’s official duties involved a tremendous amount of responsibilities, including helping workers gain signatures to get elections and unionize, bargaining with companies, handling grievances, and even designing and mimeographing all leaflets on his own. Constantly on the move from one plant to another, from state to state, Mike worked at a feverish pace and faced significant harassment and even danger.

Organizers Homer Wilson and Oscar Wiles were kidnapped and viciously beaten in Roane County, Tennessee in 1941 [L2001-05_012_17 43]

On the night of September 26, 1941, Homer Wilson and Oscar Wiles, representatives for Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers (MMSW) and UMWA were driving out of Harriman, Tennessee after a large pre-election meeting when their car was ambushed. Kidnapped at gunpoint, the men were driven into the woods where they were stripped, tied to trees, and then savagely beaten before hot tar was poured over their bodies. After they were released without their clothing into the cold night, the two men walked five miles to a farm for help.

As news of this violence spread, CIO headquarters in Knoxville asked if anyone would volunteer to resume the work in Roane County, Tennessee, Mike Ross was one of two men to immediately raise his hand.

Ross left Saltville, Virginia, where he had been organizing the Mathieson Alkali Works, and began work on elections in Rockwood, Tennessee. Under the cover of darkness, he would enter Roane County surrounded by cars full of armed laborers for protection. Everyone would meet in a small, darkened worker’s house, sometimes fitting 40-60 people in one room, and they would play music, give speeches, and organize. Under these conditions, this underground movement prepared for an election. In January of 1942, Roane County Smelter Workers Union 579 won a labor board election by a vote of 323-1. The following April in Rockwood, Tennessee, over 500 people participated in a victory parade hosted by the CIO.

Rockwood, Tennessee Victory Parade, April 1942 [L2001-05_094_0063]

February of 1942 found Mike in Spartanburg, South Carolina for a meeting with workers of the Taylor-Colquitt Wood Preserving Company. After the meeting, Mike and others with him were followed and harassed by some of the plant supervisors and the wife of the superintendent of the company. Worried about his safety, he first called the police and then drove to the jail asking for an escort out of town but the police declined. For five hours, Mike sat in the police station while a mob of around 75 people formed outside. Inside, he was abused and his life was threatened by the superintendent’s wife and her companions and the police not only allowed this to continue, but also one officer informed Ross that some labor organizers in town had either died suddenly or had disappeared. After this grueling ordeal, Mike was finally escorted out of town unharmed.

Mike Ross spent a majority of time for the remainder of 1942 in Bessemer and Birmingham, Alabama, where he helped unionize locals, worked on war-time resolutions for workers, and also administrated an educational program. Over 200 members of 18 locals and auxiliaries registered for union classes in Bessemer, AL, many of whom could not read or write but still came out to learn many of the same topics that Mike himself learned at the Southern Summer School for Workers.

By his side through everything was his wife Buddie who, herself, was quite active. She organized ladies’ auxiliaries to pass out flyers welcoming Roosevelt’s Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) hearings in Birmingham and she also canvassed for election votes, sometimes going so far as to pose as an employee to gain access to workers on business property. [L2001-05_012_17 11]

Despite the progress made in Alabama, Ross and other organizers faced frequent attacks from white supremacists and other anti-union forces. After one particular episode in which his home was ransacked and his life threatened, Ross and a then-pregnant Buddie left Alabama to Tennessee for the birth of their first child. From 1943-1945, Mike served as a rifleman in World War II on the European front, where he received disabling injuries for which he was honorably discharged. Not long after returning to the US, he resumed his labor activities.

In 1946, Mike Ross and an African American union representative named Frank Allen moved to Macon, Georgia as a part of Operation Dixie, which was aimed at unionizing anti-labor strongholds in the South, especially within textile manufacturing. All-white primaries had just been federally overturned in Georgia and, while African Americans were registering to vote in masses, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists responded with ferocity and terror.

Mike Ross (left), pictured with three African American men with a burned cross which had been set on fire in a black residential neighborhood in an effort to stop unions, 1940s [L2001-05_001]

Mike, Buddie, and their three year-old daughter moved first into a motel room and then rented a small shack while staying in town. An outspoken activist for Civil rights, Mike experienced trouble from the beginning in Macon and, though he was very successful in organizing several small plants, he and his family paid a very dear price.

After moving to the shack, the family’s landlord warned them that the KKK was out to kill Mike and gave Buddie instructions on how to escape with their daughter when—not if—the KKK arrived to lynch him. The fear of violence was so great that friends would often camp out at the home, armed with guns just in case.

In August of 1946, while the Ross family was out of town, their home was ransacked and a threatening letter was left behind. Immediately following this ordeal, the editor of the Macon Telegraph Buford Boone published an inflammatory piece on Mike, questioning the veracity of the attack on the Ross home and Mike’s integrity in general and insinuating that Mike was a Communist, publishing personal details such as work history and family relationships to back up his claims. Mike threatened legal action for libel, but a tragic attack on the family was quickly to follow.

One evening, while waiting for her husband to return from work, a pregnant Buddie opened the door to find 25 fully-robed klansmen intent on lynching her husband. After threatening her in search of her husband’s whereabouts, they left. Unaware of the danger at home, Mike had taken an alternate route that night and returned to find his wife and young child in hysterics. While hospitalized, Buddie suffered a miscarriage.

The Rosses did not stay much longer in Macon, but Mike and Buddie continued to work tirelessly in organizing unions all across the country for many more years. In the decades to come, Mike would diversify his skills time and again, showing that his moral commitment to the working class of America truly had no bounds.

To learn more about just some of Mike’s many activities in the South in the 1940s, explore these related folders:

Union arbitration materials, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1942

Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, Southern Conference on Human Welfare), Tennessee and Alabama, 1942-1943

Tennessee papers, 1940s

Alabama, Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (MMSW), [folder 1 of 2], ca 1941-1943

Alabama, Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers (MMSW), [folder 2 of 2], ca 1941-1943

Newsclippings, papers, and correspondence – organizing in the south, MMSW and the NLRB, [folder 1 of 2], 1946

Newsclippings, papers, and correspondence – organizing in the South, MMSW and the NLRB, [folder 2 of 2], 1946

Newsclippings – labor, politics, war, [folder 1 of 2], 1940s

Newsclippings – labor, politics, war, [folder 2 of 2], 1940s

MH Ross, Interviewed by Jane Ross Davis (Tape 4 of 6)

MH Ross, Interviewed by Jane Ross Davis (Tape 5 of 6)

MH Ross, Interviewed by Jane Ross Davis (Tape 6 of 6)

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A Young Man of Conviction – The Early Years of M.H. Ross

The M. H. Ross Papers digital collection is now publicly accessible online. Digitization of the M. H. Ross Papers is being funded by a $48,865 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and will continue through September 2018.

M.H. Ross (right) with textile worker Ernest Jones during the Southern Summer School for Workers, undated [L2001-05_113]

Myron Howard “Mike” Ross was only 11 years old when the Great Depression struck the nation. Like so many others at the time, his father, a fabric cutter by trade, found himself out of steady work in 1929 and by the age of 12, Mike was working two jobs in the summer to help the household. While in high school, Ross and his family of four lived at the Whittier Inn in Sea Gate, New York, a private community near Coney Island, thanks to his father’s part time job there as a night manager. Winter commutes to school were bitterly cold but in warmer months Mike would often sunbathe and read on the inn roof as an escape from his life of poverty.

At the age of 18, Mike dropped out of the City College of New York and traveled to Dallas, where he worked a summer job for the Mayflower Doughnut Corporation as part of the Greater Texas & Pan-American Exposition. He worked long hours operating the doughnut making machine but, with his meager earnings and some free food from his job, he was able to make ends meet.

It was at the Mayflower Doughnut Corporation that Mike Ross discovered a poem that would become a favorite mantra for the rest of his life:
“As you ramble on through life, brother,
Whatever be your goal,
Keep your eye upon the doughnut,
And not upon the hole. “

While in Dallas, Ross came into contact with people from various social and political backgrounds as part of the Unemployed Councils of Texas. As a young man still in his teens, he was furious at a system that left his tradesman father in ruins by the age of 50. This was a volatile and desperate time in the country and, while Mike was appalled by the violence that would occasionally break out around him, he was eager to learn how to improve the lives of the struggling working class. Through attending local gatherings, Ross was introduced to Socialism by an early mentor George Clifton Edwards, a civil rights advocate and humanitarian who had run on the Socialist Party ticket in the 1906 Texas gubernatorial race.

By early 1938, Ross had moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma, where he operated a water-fired boiler for an egg processing plant. It was here that he got his first taste of labor organizing—and lost his job as a result. Much to his surprise, a simple letter to a newly formed union chapter about possibly organizing some coworkers granted him a personal visit at his boarding house from David Fowler, district president of the United Mine Workers and the director of the Oklahoma-Arkansas chapter of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Fowler explained some basics of union organizing to Ross, gave him cards for the men to sign, and said that the union would petition for National Labor Relations Board elections on their behalf. It was a whirlwind for Mike Ross but, before he could move forward on anything, word had spread of his intentions and he found himself unemployed.

Founded by the YWCA Industrial Secretaries first as the Southern School for Industrial Women Workers, by 1938 the Southern School of Workers was accepting men and women from various labor backgrounds who were interested in learning how to organize unions. [L2001-05_005_02]


Ross returned to Dallas to work on the chicken farm of a friend for room and board and continued to attend various local social meetings. He was not to stay long, however, as he soon received a full scholarship to attend the Southern Summer School for Workers in Asheville, North Carolina.

Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1938, Mike took classes on everything from history and economics to writing leaflets and how to conduct union meetings. He was exposed to laborers and educators of various backgrounds from around the country who shared his vision of economic fairness and civil rights. Despite his young age, he was such an enthusiastic student that in 1939 he was asked to return to the school as a staff member.

In November of 1938, Mike Ross and several others traveled by car to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the first Southern Conference for Human Welfare. The purpose of this inaugural meeting was to gather support for New Deal reforms and to discuss economic and social conditions in the South. This meeting of over 1,000 delegates included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, Alabama Governor Bibb Graves, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Eleanor Roosevelt. On the second day of the Conference, the Birmingham police, led by Eugene “Bull” Connor, attempted to segregate the audience. According to Ross, Mrs. Roosevelt placed herself in the middle of the room in protest.




Southern Summer School for Workers (Ross at center of group), undated [L2001-05_103]

When he returned to the Southern School for Workers in the summer of 1939, he brought a young lady from Kennesaw, Georgia with him to attend the school as a student. By the next year, Anne “Buddie” West would become his wife and true partner in his future endeavors. This summer, Mike Ross sharpened his skills and got more acquainted with the staff, making valuable friendships and absorbing as much information as he could.

In 1940, Ross landed a grant-funded position of $25 a week with the Labor’s Non-Partisan League in North Carolina, becoming the youngest political organizer to be hired by John L. Lewis, a labor leader whose oratory skills Mike greatly admired.

Mike’s first steady job was to encourage laborers to run for political office in their respective communities and he found great success in this and other arenas. In fact, his success in appealing to working people was so great, and his convictions so strong, that he would soon be sent to some of the most dangerous situations in the South as an organizer, at tremendous risk to his own safety and the safety of his young family.

To learn more about Mike Ross’ early life in the M.H. Ross Papers, explore these related folders:

Labor organization – articles, speeches, flyers, and notes, 1937-1939, undated
Summer School for Workers – songs, articles, programs, 1938-1943
Labor school articles, 1938-1939, undated
Labor Flyers – locals, Summer School for Workers, 1938-1939, 1941, undated

MH Ross, Interviewed by Jane Ross Davis (Tape 1 of 6)
MH Ross, Interviewed by Jane Ross Davis (Tape 2 of 6)
MH Ross, Interviewed by Jane Ross Davis (Tape 3 of 6)

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2018 Georgia Women’s Movement Spring Event: “March Into the Archives”

The Georgia Women’s Movement Project Spring Event is held annually to highlight collections in the Georgia State University Library Women and Gender Collections, and to celebrate the lives of the unsung heroines of the women’s movement in Georgia.

The 2018 event will bring together Janel Green, Amanda Hollowell, and Kate Van Cantfort, three outstanding women who have organized protest activities in Atlanta, Savannah and Athens, GA.

Thursday, April 19, 5:00-7:00 pm
Special Collections And Archives
University Library South, 8th Floor
100 Decatur St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Register for event
or RSVP to / (404) 413-2888


Janel Green was a co-organizer of the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women. She is now the Executive Director of the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. Through this volunteer work, Janel seeks to strengthen our communities by advocating for justice and equity for underrepresented communities and women in Georgia.  Janel has lived in Dekalb County for 12 years. She co-founded the Lindmoor Woods Civic Association. Janel is actively involved in the Dekalb County Democratic Party and serves as the Chair of House District 86 and the co-chair of the Policy and Legislative Committee.

Janel works as the Director of Supportive Services at Lutheran Towers, a 203 unit high-rise affordable housing community located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. She is a leader in the development of programs and services for persons living in public and affordable housing.  For over a decade, Janel has worked to change the traditional model of services from a reactive model to a proactive, person centered model using the 7 Elements of Whole Person Wellness and The Eden Alternative principles.  Janel has been a featured speaker at major conferences on housing and aging such as the American Society on Aging, The American Association of Service Coordinators, and the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Aging. Prior to her work with elders, Janel worked as an advocate for children’s mental health and criminal justice reform.

Janel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her other credentials include being a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) and a Certified Eden Alternative Associate.  Janel is married and the proud mother of an 11 year old.

Amanda Hollowell is an advocate and entrepreneur in the Savannah, Georgia community. Amanda Hollowell graduated from University of California at Berkeley where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication. Amanda has extensive years of experience in entrepreneurship, social media/marketing, event planning and community outreach. She is originally from California and has made Savannah, Georgia her home for the past nine years. She is an active advocate for organ donation and women’s rights; she also is a business owner, owning an event planning business and urban marketing startup company.

She has an extensive volunteer career, she is on the Board of Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation and the Technology Chair, she is a standing member of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival Committee and Health Fair Coordinator, Board Member for Girls On The Run – Savannah, Member of the Savannah (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Technology Chair, Board member of Georgia Shift, Graduate of the Georgia WIN List Leadership Academy 2015, Social Media Manager for Women Must Vote a grassroots organization in Savannah, GA and volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Coastal Georgia.

Amanda currently in a part time role Communications Director for Georgia’s WIN List and her full time job is an Education Specialist for LifeLink of Georgia. To date her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of her son, Joah Cash.


Kate Van Cantfort is originally from Milledgeville, Ga and currently calls the Athens, GA area her home. She is the owner of a new business in Athens, Lotta Mae’s Supply Company. The brick and mortar store is a modern day homestead mercantile – selling everything from organic chicken feed, high quality garden tools, seeds, canning supplies, and kitchen tools to locally crafted pottery, wood working, and metal work. The shop has a strong social justice ethic which is reflected in their purchasing and hiring practices and their contributions back to the community. Kate is a non-profit professional by training and experience. She is a co-founder of the GIVE Center for student service at GC&SU and is a Mercer University alumnus. Some of her earliest work was in training college students to be active citizens – engaging them in all aspects of civic life, from volunteering and voting to political education and organizing and civil disobedience training. She has attended training sessions at the fabled Highlander School in High Market, TN. She has trained activists in UT, CO, WY, VT, KS, and Georgia, and she has advocated/protested for anti-poverty issues, anti-war, LBGTQ rights, breastfeeding rights, environmental issues in the national parks, renewable energy, child and elder care protections, Black Lives Matter, and the Poor People’s Campaign, in addition to the Women’s March. She is currently actively supporting the Chalis Montgomery for Congress campaign.

As a single mother to a 10 year old girl and a female business owner Kate feels this time is particularly important for women to step up in ALL aspects of public and civic life to change to course of our nation.


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