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SNCC: The Importance of its Work, the Value of its Legacy

SNCC Staff singing a Freedom Song in SNCC’s National office (Atlanta,1963). They are wearing coats because there was no heat. L-R: Mike Sayer, MacArthur Cotton, James Forman, Rick Manning, Marion Barry, Lester McKinnie, Mike Thelwell, Lawrence Guyot, Eric Jones, John Lewis (behind Jones), Julian Bond (far right rear with cigarette), Judy Richardson, Jean Wheeler. [Photo: Danny Lyon]

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OUR WORK

SNCC, along with the local NAACP and CORE chapters, SCLC and many local organizations ended barriers to voting rights, beginning with the work of people at the grassroots levels who registered to vote and who challenged white supremacy at risk to their own lives and violence to their friends and family.

VOTING RIGHTS

SNCC, along with the local NAACP and CORE chapters, SCLC and many local organizations ended barriers to voting rights, beginning with the work of people at the grassroots levels who registered to vote and who challenged white supremacy at risk to their own lives and violence to their friends and family.

Black Voter Suppression

Reading Introduction: A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF VOTING RIGHTS IN AMERICA The Shape Shifting face of Black Voter Suppression. In this article,...

Voting Rights Act: Beyond the Headlines

Reading Introduction: A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF VOTING RIGHTS IN AMERICA Grasping the power of the SNCC Legacy lies in our ability...

AFTER 1970

After 1970, the struggle for human and civil rights continued because of the early organizing work in the south. This work gave SNCC Organizers the confidence to continue their contributions in many different areas, including culture, education, administration, and politics.

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Movement History

SNCC was originally founded to coordinate campus groups who were engaged in sit-ins across the country. Within the period of two years, it evolved into an organization focused on the negation of voting rights for millions of Black People throughout the South. As an organization of organizers, SNCC engaged in a range of activities, including Freedom Schools, Labor Organization, Poor People's Corporation, Free Southern Theater, and other creative ways to solve the problems of the Black Community.

In addition, some students left their colleges and universities to become full-time grassroots organizers. It’s important to note that Ms. Ella Baker’s vast body of experience and extensive the NAACP network opened up access to those working in SNCC.

SNCC Photographers

SNCC, through its photographic and research department, documented like no other organization in the history of the movement for human and civil rights during the 1960s. This area features ten SNCC Photographers’ Work.

Clifford A. Vaughs
Clifford A. Vaughs
Danny Lyon
Danny Lyon
Doug Harris
Doug Harris
Doy Garton
Doy Garten

Culture Of The Movement

SNCC helped expand the environment of freedom that had existed since the first Africans were offloaded and sold into slavery. The 1960’s Movement helped tap into this energy. Through Movement culture for freedom was expressed and expanded in song, poetry, dance movement, visual portrayals, literature, and written and spoken word.

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Provides access to the files, work, oral interviews, photos, and documentation. SNCC, as a result of its focus on documentation, has available 250 + archives. No other organization has documented the history of the movement and struggle to this magnitude. Without this documentation, this portion of history would be unknown. This Archive enables SNCC to pass on information wealth to young people, organizers, scholars, and organizations looking for guidelines to see struggle on a comprehension level. It allows ordinary people to see the efforts of SNCC and take control of their lives.

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SNCC LEGACY PROJECT?

The SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) was established after the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of SNCC to collect, present history, and analyze the organization’s work from the inside out emphasizing the thinking of SNCC veterans.

SLP also issues statements from time to time on issues pertinent to the Black community today and supportive of the Movement for Black Lives.

Since its founding, SLP has begun expanding its work to include assisting today’s young activists in documenting, defining, and making available to activists and scholars their work and struggle.

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