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Carol Brown papers

Identifier: W133

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Carol Brown papers , 1993-2012, contain documents, video recordings, and newspaper clippings regarding the Cobb Citizens Coalition, the Olympics Out of Cobb campaign, and its aftermath. It also encompasses Carol Brown’s news reporter badge for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The documents include hate mail, national and Cobb County political news, and various artifacts pertaining to the LGBT+ community. The Carol Brown papers also contains the Cobb Citizens Coalition and Neighbors Network’s report, “The Shadow of Hatred,” which goes in depth about the history of hate groups and the Ku Klux Klan in Cobb County from 1915, the lynching of Leo Frank, to the early 1990s. The coalition’s 1994 newsletters are also available to demonstrate how they outreached to their members and supporters.


  • Creation: 1993-2012


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Carol Brown

Carol Brown was born in 1950. She spent her childhood in South Florida and moved to Atlanta with her family in 1964. Carol realized that she was gay in her teens and found her way to Little Five Points where young activists involved in the emerging Gay Rights movement and other issues, gathered in the early 1970's. While she enjoyed the company of women who were activists, her own activism did not begin until 1993, when the Cobb County Board of Commissioners planned to adopt a “Family Values” resolution and remove funding for the Arts. Brown joined Cobb Citizens Coalition, a small group of people contesting the anti-gay resolution founded by Jon Greaves Jr. Cobb Citizens Coalition (CCC) organized to challenge the resolutions. The CCC gained important allies in February 1994, when Atlanta-based activists Pat Hussain and Jon-Ivan Weaver established the Olympics Out of Cobb County (OOCC) campaign. Their mission was to persuade Atlanta’s Committee for the Olympic Games not to hold the women’s volleyball competition in Cobb County as planned. Their activities included a rally of over 400 people in the Marietta Square and raising funds for a billboard on I-75 that read “Stop the Hate, Rescind the Resolution.” The Resolution made national and international headlines and coverage lasted for over a year, eventually culminating in Cobb County's loss of an Olympic venue. Brown's activism ended in July 1994 and she was not engaged in the Olympics issue. She documented and distributed materials for the Cobb Citizens Coalition that chronicled the events surrounding the resolution. After a 10 year hiatus, in 2004 Brown's activism would take a different track. She became involved in Community Development issues as a neighborhood advocate. Working with a diverse group of residents, she would co-found the group Canton Road Neighbors, Inc. which focused on planning, zoning and revitalization of an aging community. Brown returned to Georgia State University in her 50s and received a BS in Public Policy and MA in Urban Geography. She then received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning in 2014 from the University of West Georgia. In all, Brown has been active in over 80 rezoning cases, lobbied successfully for installation of sidewalks on the 5 mile Canton Corridor, supported acquisition of greenspace in the 2006 and 2008 Parks Bond referendums, drafted Design Guidelines, served on the Bicycle Pedestrian Improvement Plan Committee and on the Cobb Board of Ethics from 2006-2009. She served as an appointee to the Connect Cobb NW Transit Corridor Alternatives Analysis in 2011-2012 and from 2012-2013 launched a series of Stakeholder presentations, asking Cobb County to consider official recognition of neighborhoods with the Neighborhood Notification Initiative program. In November 2013 the County made notification of rezoning applications accessible to all residents who signed up to receive email alerts.


3.6 Linear Feet (3 containers)

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During 1993-94, Carol Brown worked to contest Cobb County's anti-gay "Family Values" resolution and to restore county arts funding. Her papers, 1993-2012, document both her activity during that period and material she collected about subsequent events. Newspaper clippings, correspondence, video recordings, and artifacts document organizations such as the Cobb Citizens Coalition and the Olympics Out of Cobb campaign.


The papers are arranged by material type.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carol Brown, February 2015 and April 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Staff.

Carol Brown
A Guide to the Papers at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
February 2022
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