Second Sunday records
Scope and Contents of the Records
The Second Sunday records, 1995-2007, contain a summary of the organization’s history, meeting notes, lists of committees and members, event flyers, newsletters, press coverage, bylaws, and photographs. Also included are letters of correspondence between Second Sunday members and various press outlets following the 2002 assault of Morehouse student Gregory Love. The materials have been organized into series named after their respective donors, Anthony Antoine and Craig Washington. Craig Washington’s materials also contain magazine articles, open letters, and emails written by then Second Sunday member (and current mayor of the City of South Fulton) khalid kamau.
- Creation: 1998-2007
- Second Sunday (Atlanta, Ga) (Organization)
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Collection open for research use. Access to items containing personal information is restricted for 75 years from respective date of creation. Redacted copies available for research.
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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.
History of Second Sunday
Second Sunday was an organization founded in 1992 by Dr. Maurice Franklin and J. Stacy Grayson as a discussion group for Black gay and bisexual men in Atlanta, Georgia. The group met on the second Sunday of every month to foster community, address topics like HIV/AIDS amongst Black and gay men, and, according to its mission statement, promote “the growth and development of gay, bisexual, and transgendered Men of African descent through education, social, spiritual and cultural activities.” Second Sunday was predominately active from 1992-2003, followed by a brief resurgence in 2007 when the organization was re-incorporated.
Biography of Anthony McWilliams
Anthony McWilliams (known professionally as Anthony Antoine) is an activist, musician, and poet residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1969, he worked as a recording artist in Maryland, London, and Dallas, Texas, before moving to Atlanta in 1998. Antoine became involved in Second Sunday almost immediately, joining members Duncan Teague and Malik M.L. Williams in The Adodi Muse: A Gay Negro Ensemble-- a Black gay male performance poets collective that performed poetry, songs, and musical interludes. Antoine is also known for his activism work surrounding the prevention, research, testing, and management of HIV/AIDS, both with AID Atlanta and the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta.
Now retired, Antoine is the founder of the Michael-Anthony Foundation, which was created in honor of Antoine’s late husband Michael Smith. The Michael-Anthony Foundation aims to enrich and empower the community through global travel, cultural education, and the arts.
Biography of Craig Washington
Craig Washington is a prominent LGBTQ and African-American organizer, activist, and social worker residing in Atlanta, Georgia. A New York native, Craig Washington moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1992, where he volunteered for AID Atlanta. He was later hired on by AID Atlanta as the Black Gay Men’s Program Coordinator and developed The Deeper Love Project—a HIV risk-reduction program that strove to educate and affirm Black gay men through social and cultural events. He joined Second Sunday in 1993 and was elected as co-chair of the organization in 1996. Washington also worked with the Southerners on New Ground and the Martin Luther King Jr. March planning committee and, in 2000, became the first African-American director of
the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center. In 2008, he graduated with a Master in Social Work from Georgia State University, and currently works as a clinical social worker and therapist.
His writing can be found in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arise, Atlanta Voice, the Black AIDS Institute, Southern Voice, Venus Magazine, and the Washington Blade.
0.2 Linear Feet (in 1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Language of Materials
Second Sunday was an organization founded in 1992 by Dr. Maurice Franklin and J. Stacy Grayson as a discussion group for Black gay and bisexual men in Atlanta, Georgia. It was predominately active from 1992-2003, followed by a brief re-incorporation in 2007. The Second Sunday records, 1995-2007, contain a summary of the organization’s history, meeting notes, lists of committees and members, event flyers, newsletters, press coverage, bylaws, and photographs.
Material in its original order, separated by donor.
Donated by Anthony McWilliams (files 1-8 and oversize) and Craig Washington (files 9-13), 2022.
Separated to the Gender and Sexuality Periodicals Collection
Atlanta Black Gay Pride, 2006 Clikque Magazine, April 2001
Processed by Kathleen Campbell, Fall 2022.
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