SNCC was the only national civil rights organization led by young people. Mentored by the legendary Black organizer, Ella Baker, SNCC activists became full-time organizers, working with community leaders to build local grassroots organizations in the Deep South. SNCC focused on voter registration and on mounting a systemic challenge to the white supremacy that governed the country’s entrenched political, economic and social structures.
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project (SLP) was begun to preserve and extend SNCC's legacy. Although SNCC the organization no longer exists, we believe that its legacy continues to enable the struggle for freedom, justice and liberty.
To that end, the SLP is taking a multi-level approach:
- facilitating the archiving of SNCC documents digitally and encouraging the preservation of physical documents in a manner that protects them and makes them easily available for use;
- encouraging and assisting in the development of books and other media by SNCC veterans with the idea of having the stories and interpretation of SNCC's work told by its veterans;
- developing with colleges and universities a program of SNCC visiting professors and scholars who would in formal and informal ways interact with young people on campuses and take advantage of campus resources to begin telling the story as it should be told;
- and finally, anchored by the Algebra Project and Young Peoples Project, pursue one of the still great unfulfilled needs of the Freedom Movement: Quality Public Education as a Constitutional Right.
Built into our efforts is the determination to see that our legacy, the legacy of freedom struggle, is passed from our generation to future generations.
You can support these goals by making a donation today to the SNCC Legacy Project, which is a 501©(3) non-profit organization for tax purposes.
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