SNCC & Grassroots Organizing Discussion Series

With the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the SNCC and Grassroots Organizing: Building a More Perfect Union discussion series focuses on SNCC’s grassroots community organizing and its relevance to ongoing efforts to build a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society. At its core, SNCC helped community members feel empowered to make choices and act on the issues that most impacted their lives and their communities.

Join us at an in-person or virtual event to learn more about SNCC’s organizing work from SNCC veterans and humanities scholars and to explore connections to your life and community.

The series is focused on six themes that are at the heart of SNCC’s history of grassroots organizing: the organizing tradition, voting rights, Black Power, women and gender, freedom teaching, and art and culture in movement building.

NEH Interpretive Booklet


Spring 2024 Events

Community Conversation: Black Power

May 13, 2024: Community Conversation: Black Power (online)

Join us on Monday, May 13th at 7pm EST via Zoom for our Black Power community conversation as part of the NEH SNCC & Grassroots Organizing discussion series. We will be joined by SNCC veterans Jennifer Lawson, Judy Richardson, Courtland Cox, and scholar Dr. Emilye Crosby for a community conversation on Black Power, moderated by Wash., DC educator Jessica Rucker.

September 13-14, 2024: Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX)

October 18, 2024: National Center for Civil & Human Rights (Atlanta, GA)

  • 10:30 a.m. ET Voting Rights Learning Toolkit Workshop & Discussion

November 15-16, 2024: Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)

December 14, 2024: International Civil Rights Center & Museum (Greensboro, NC)

  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Freedom Teaching Learning Toolkit Workshop & Discussion

February 7-8, 2025: Tougaloo College (Jackson, MS)

March 2025: Museum of Mississippi History & Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (Jackson, MS)

April 2025: Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC)

May 2025: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL)

Howard BP Roundtable Livestream

Howard University NEH Sessions

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SNCC & Grassroots Organizing: Black Power
Friday, April 26th at Howard University

April 26-27, 2024: Howard University (Washington, D.C.)​
Featuring SNCC veterans, Courtland Cox and Jennifer Lawson, & humanities scholars, Catherine Adams and Hasan Kwame Jeffries

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Apr. 26, 7:00 p.m. ET: Black Power Roundtable Discussion (IN-PERSONAL & LIVESTREAMED)

Apr. 27 10:00 a.m.: Art & Culture Roundtable Discussion & Workshop (IN-PERSON ONLY)

Apr. 27 1:00 p.m.: Black Power Learning Toolkit Workshop (IN-PERSON ONLY)


February 2-3, 2024: North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)​
Featuring SNCC veterans, Charlie Cobb and Jennifer Lawson, & humanities scholars, Wesley Hogan and Josh Myers

  • Feb. 2, 7:00 p.m.: Art & Culture in the Movement Roundtable Discussion, NCCU Student Union
  • Feb. 3, 10:00 a.m.: Voting Rights Roundtable Discussion & Workshop, NCCU, School of Law
  • Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m.: Art & Culture Learning Toolkit Workshop, NCCU School of Law

February 26, 2024: Community Conversation: Art & Culture in the Movement (online)

  • 7:00 p.m. ET

March 23, 2024: National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN)​
Featuring SNCC veteran, Judy Richardson, and humanities scholar, Emilye Crosby

  • 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT: Art & Culture Learning Toolkit Workshop & Discussion

April 6, 2024: National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.)
Featuring SNCC veterans, Courtland Cox, Jennifer Lawson, and Judy Richardson & humanities scholar, Emilye Crosby

  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Art & Culture Learning Toolkit Workshop & Discussion


SNCC & Grassroots Organizing Black Power

Friday, April 26th at Howard University

February 2, 2024: North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)

Featuring SNCC veterans, Charlie Cobb and Jennifer Lawson, & humanities scholars, Wesley Hogan and Josh Myers


In 2013, the SNCC Legacy Project, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Duke University Libraries, and humanities scholars formed a partnership—now called the Movement History Initiative (MHI)—to tell SNCC’s history of grassroots organizing with activists’ voices at the center and to pass movement knowledge on to subsequent generations. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, SNCC and Grassroots Organizing Discussion Series is a collaborative project of the MHI, six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and six civil rights and African American museums. It’s based at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, another core MHI partner.

HBCU Partners: Claflin University (Orangeburg, South Carolina); Howard University (Washington, D.C.); Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia); North Carolina Central University (Durham, North Carolina); Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas); Tougaloo College (Jackson, Mississippi)

Museum Partners: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, (Birmingham, Alabama); International Civil Rights Center and Museum (Greensboro, North Carolina); Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (Jackson, Mississippi); National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, Georgia; National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, Tennessee); National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C)

Our Collaborators: Catherine Adams; Marcus Board, Jr.; Electra Bolotas; Sheila Bonner; Daphne Chamberlain; Charles Cobb, Jr.; Courtland Cox; Vicki Crawford; Emilye Crosby; Deirdre Cross; Kaley Deal; Karlyn Forner; John Gartrell; Robert Greene II; Jarvis Hall; Will Harris; Wesley Hogan; Hasan Kwame Jeffries; Irving Joyner; Jennifer Lawson; Dory Lerner; Monet Lewis-Timmons Pamela Montgomery; Nicole Moore; Michael Morris; Josh Myers; Naomi Nelson; Nathalie Frédéric Pierre; Derecka Purnell; Judy Richardson; Marco Robinson; Jessica Rucker; John Swaine; DeJuana Thompson; Maria Varela