SNCC 50th Anniversary – Vol. 05 – The Raleigh Civil Rights Movement

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference
Volume 5 – The Raleigh Civil Rights Movement

Cash Michaels (Editor, The Carolinian)
McLouis Clayton (Professor, Shaw University)
George C. Debnam (Board of Trustees Shaw University)

Just 12 days after the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-in of February 1, 1960, students attending Shaw University and Saint Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina began sitting in at lunch counters. This panel of local leaders provides a close-up look at the sit-in movement in the city of SNCC’s birthplace, and the segregation existing there in the 1940s and 50s. Panelists discussed the previous generations that challenged segregation, as well as the role of both schools in the 1960 sit-ins. In this discussion, connections are made between these institutions, the sit-ins that gave birth to SNCC, and the historic consciousness-raising role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).