The Oral History of Freaknik

The Oral History of Freaknik

The Picnic:

Derrick Boazman: At both [Spelman and Morris Brown] you had the Florida club and Georgia club. Freaknik started as just gatherings of the people who lived in those states. At that time in Atlanta, both states had many students here, throughout the Atlanta University Center. Each school had its own chapter of state clubs. So it really just started off as a picnic for those states, and they’d come together and just do a cookout.

Uncle Luke: The original Freaknik, it was a lot of college students and entertainers coming together to have fun in the park—a picnic. It was a great outing along the lines of what you have at University of Florida, what you call gator growl. A lot of students going out to the park, a lot of celebrity entertainers being brought out to do events, and actually breaking their artists at those events. 

 

It turned into some huge journey for people all across the nation to come to Atlanta and just act a damn fool. —Panama Jackson

 

Panama Jackson: What started it was effectively some folks from the DC Metro, in the AUC Center deciding to have a big-ass picnic in Washington Park, Piedmont Park. It was just a big college thing. So the intentions were good, bringing a bunch of college students to celebrate being in school. It was like a big homecoming, even though it wasn’t their homecoming season. And it turned into some huge journey for people all across the nation to come to Atlanta and just act a damn fool.

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