Atlanta Neighborhood Union Collective
The Atlanta Neighborhood Union was started in 1908 by Lugenia Burns Hope in Atlanta, Georgia. The Union unveiled racial segregation in Atlanta by calling attention to the absence of playgrounds available to black children. Members conducted door-to-door interviews with residents collecting information on living conditions and the types of services needed. The women convinced Morehouse College to convert some of their land into playgrounds for surrounding families. The Union also divided the city into zones and created maps based on these new zones. By 1918, they had established 16 zones and had designated zone chairpersons, district directors, and neighborhood presidents for each. Additionally, they held classes and settlement projects to help underprivileged black families in the Atlanta metropolitan region. Today, the group is recognized for modeling effective grassroots strategies for the civil rights movement that followed.
DESCENT  American / African American
DISCIPLINE Community Organization