SNCC Project Director in Alabama, passed on July 17, 2015 at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, age 74. While a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Silas first came to Selma in June of 1964 as a member of the Selma Literacy Project and facilitated Malcolm X’s visit to Selma in early 1965.
Silas’s civil rights activism began when he was a student at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. While Chairman of the Student Body from 1960-1962, he also chaired the Paine College Steering Committee, a SNCC affiliate, which coordinated civil rights activities in Augusta and served as state vice president of the Colleges and Youth Chapters of the NAACP.
Silas was drafted and served in the US Army, after which he attended medical school at Wayne State University, graduating in 1976. He was Chief Medical Officer of the Michigan Department of Corrections and a long-time dean at Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Norman leaves 3 sons, two of them physicians and one a lawyer.
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