The Great Speckled Bird (newspaper)

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The Great Speckled Bird
Great speckled bird v2 n17 cover.jpg
Cover of the v.2, n.17 issue (1969)
Publisher Atlanta Cooperative News Project
Founded March 8, 1968
Language English
Ceased publication 1976
Headquarters Atlanta
Circulation 22,000
ISSN 0017-369X
OCLC number 1751560

The Great Speckled Bird was a counterculture underground newspaper based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1968 to 1976.[1] It was founded by New Left activists from Emory University and members of the Southern Student Organizing Committee, an offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society. Founding editors included Tom and Stephanie Coffin, Howard Romaine and Gene Guerrero Jr.[2] The first issue appeared March 8, 1968, and within 6 months it was publishing weekly. By 1970 it was the third largest weekly newspaper in Georgia with a paid circulation of 22,000 copies. The paper subscribed to Liberation News Service, a leftist news collective. The office of The Great Speckled Bird at the north end of Piedmont Park (240 Westminster Dr.) was firebombed and destroyed on May 6, 1972 after the paper published an exposé of the mayor of Atlanta.

A quote from The Bird: "These are our opinions and we are entitled to them, they are not written anywhere else. So, don't expect us to tell both sides of the story. The big newspapers, magazines, TV and radio do that all day long. Here you will hear our side of things."

In 2011 Georgia State University made a digital archive of the Bird available online.


  1. ^ Zald, Anne E.; Cathy Seitz Whitaker (1990). "The underground press of the Vietnam era: An annotated bibliography". Reference Services Review. 18 (4): 76–96. 
  2. ^ Gregg L. Michel. Struggle for a Better South: The Southern Student Organizing Committee, 1964-1969. Macmillan, 2004. ISBN 978-1-4039-6010-8

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