Our year: 2016
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"THE BLACK POWER CHRONICLES"
2016 to 2018
 
ANNOUNCEMENT
 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
 
Introduction
 
Black Power! These words shouted out on Mississippi highway 51 on June 17, 1966 reverberated in the collective soul of Black America, crystalizing both strength and love. The declaration came from SNCC organizer, Mukasa Willie Ricks, and SNCC chairman, Stokely Carmichael, during the Meredith March Against Fear in Mississippi. Young activists throughout the world embraced the phrase, making it their own and expanding the dynamic of struggle
   Stokely Carmichael
The call led to new goals and redefined the measures of success, inspiring a new generation of activists who had not previously been involved in the Civil Rights Movement. It built upon the lessons learned from the southern civil rights struggle and called for a black consciousness, establishing new independent organizations and institutions that were controlled by black people. It shaped personal transformations as well as political activism and led to the creation of organizations by those who never found their place in the civil rights agenda. There is a need to look back at this often-distorted era and in doing so, to look ahead to the work that still needs to be done. As Mozambican and Angolan freedom fighters said in their fight for liberation from Portuguese colonialism: A Luta Continua.
 
SNCC Legacy Project (SLP)
The SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) is a non-profit, tax-exempt volunteer organization founded in 2010 following the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Our mission is to gather, present and interpret the stories, materials, lessons, ideas and legacy of SNCC and the Civil Rights Movement for current and future generations of social justice activists. 

Over the past five years SLP's Board of Directors, made up of SNCC veterans and younger activists, has collaborated with a variety of academic institutions including HBCUs and majority-serving research universities, community-based organizations and contemporary social justice organizations to provide a range of materials and services. These include oral histories, internet-based educational platforms, curriculum development, classroom materials, a video documentary, special events training, and technical assistance.
 
Our collaborating partners in this regard have included the following: the Smithsonian Institute, particularly its National Museum of African American History and Culture; the Library of Congress; Howard University , Tougaloo College, Albany State College, Brown University , and Princeton University; The Mississippi NAACP, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and most recently, Duke University. (See the attached sheet for a list of programs and achievements).  
Program
 
In 2016, the SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) will embark on a multi-year collaborative series of national and international programs, events and activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the call for Black Power and the launching of the Black Power Movement. This project builds upon the SLP's five-year focus on capture and interpreting the history, impact and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of those organizers who worked at the grassroots in black communities.
 
Our goal is to organize a comprehensive series of programs themed on the Black Power Movement that will write new history, provide a fresh look at the impact and influence of the concept on the lives and aspirations of oppressed people of color in the U.S. and throughout the African Diaspora, as well as on other social justice movements globally.  One key feature of these activities will be the bringing together of 21st-century social justice activists with veterans of the 20th century Black Power Movement.                                     
 
The program will help identify questions and themes that might inform and guide the development of an inter-generational collaboration, and further facilitate an ongoing dialogue in this respect. It is anticipated that the programs will empower the contemporary social justice movement by sharing organizing ideas, strategies, practices and models; introducing veteran and contemporary activists to each other at the local level; and building alliances and trust across social justice generations. We also expect the program to generate new creative work about the Black Power era by inviting contemporary writers, artists, educators, students and scholars to take part in the activities and the discussions they will engender.
Collaboration
 
The SLP is now building collaborations with Black Power veterans and contemporary social justice activists in 15 cities around the USA, as well as in other countries that are also part of the African diaspora. Here the focus is on those community-based institutions, organizations, events and leaders that influenced the development of the Black Power Movement in their communities, or might do so today. 

Each collaborating city or country will form a Host Committee (HC) consisting of representatives and veterans of the Black Power Movement as well as representatives from the contemporary social justice movement. Collaborating municipalities and counties include: New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Jackson (Mississippi), Newark, Detroit, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Durham and Orangeburg (North Carolina), Lowndes County and Fairfield (Alabama), and the Texas Triangle (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio).
 
The global conversation will explore the history, impact and legacy of the Black Power Movement from the perspective of those who shaped the vision, built the institutions or drew inspiration from this transformational period of the U.S. struggle for civil and human rights, thereby empowering activists across Africa, in the Caribbean, and in Latin America, but also others in places as far-flung as New Zealand and India.
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The Host Committees will bring together representatives from the following community-based or non-profit entities: HBCUs and other academic colleges and universities; social justice organizations, institutions and activists; youth empowerment organizations and activists; academic and student organizations and associations; cultural institutions, art centers and art professionals; units of local government, elected officials and public administrators; religious institutions and clergy; labor unions and professional associations; specialty museums, libraries, archives; media outlets, publishers, and journalists; and other black institutions and associations founded during or influenced by the Black Power era.
 
SLP will work with local activists to define broad guidelines and a framework; help identify community leadership; and provide organizing, marketing and communications services. SLP will provide content areas as needed, and provide programming to supplement the local documentation defined by the HC.   Each HC will develop its own action plan to bring about the designated program outcomes and provide leadership for the national and global program.
Outcomes
 
The Black Power Chronicles will illustrate that the Black Power Movement was a positive force for social and political empowerment for oppressed people, and not the destructive influence that has been so often portrayed. Most important, it will enable young activists to establish working relationships and communications with Black Power veterans, as well as educate the veterans about the contemporary social justice movement. We hope to forge new cooperation and alliances between veteran and contemporary social justice and thus strengthen the work ahead.
 
This program will strive to facilitate and encourage the development of new works about the Black Power era. These may include, but are not limited to the following: articles both digital and print; educational curricula, teaching materials and online educational platforms; video and film documentaries; art and photo exhibits as well as original music, dance, theater, poetry and literature.
 
Enjoy this 1966 speech by Stokely Carmichael:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv9fyyAnIOQ