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Committee to Stop the Children's Murders rally announcement

Collection number: ahc.MSS965f

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an announcement for a national rally, titled Rendezvous for Life's Sake, sponsored by the Committee to Stop the Children's Murders and organized at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. The announcement lists groups that endorsed the rally, including the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; the American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees; and the National Black Human Rights Commission.


  • 1981


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Biographical / Historical

Camille Bell (1946- ), Venus Taylor (1948- ), and Willie May Mathis (1941-2005) formed the Committee to Stop the Children’s Murders (STOP) in 1980. The Committee elected Bell, who had prior experience in civil rights activism, as the committee’s chair. Each of the women had a son who was murdered between 1979 and 1981 in what would become known as the Atlanta Child Murders. In total, between 28-30 Black boys and young men were murdered. STOP held speeches, events, and fundraisers to raise awareness of the killings and to pressure the Atlanta Police Department to prioritize solving them. The committee also formed a petition that called on the city to investigate the murders as connected crimes. The petition led to the Atlanta Police Department opening a formal investigative task force in July 1980, after 11 of the victims were identified as missing or murdered.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2022

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2023.

Committee to Stop the Children's Murders rally announcement
Senadzi Kpeglo
July 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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