SNCC Legacy Project Launches New Education Ventures

Prominent Educator and SNCC Veteran, Bob Moses at SNCC conference in Waveland, MS, November 1964. Photo by Danny Lyon.
Prominent Educator and SNCC Veteran, Bob Moses at SNCC conference in Waveland, MS, November 1964. Photo by Danny Lyon.


The SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) are collaborating on the establishment of a unique virtual course designed specifically for HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). The online course will focus on activism and organizing, using the resources of the SLP’s accessible repository of thousands of documents and oral histories of movement veterans of the 1960s and young activists of today.


The SLP has also launched a complementary project, “Our Futures Matter: SNCC and Grassroots Organizing Towards a More Perfect Union” in collaboration with six HBCUs and six museums, with support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is based at the John Hope Franklin Research Institute at Duke University. This two-year project, starting this fall and continuing through spring 2025, will host two-day events and workshops open to the public at the participating universities and institutions, which include Claflin, North Carolina Central, Howard, Morehouse, Prairie View A&M, and Tougaloo. The Museum partners are the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Alabama; the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson, Mississippi; the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia; the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC.


The SLP’s belief in the importance of education is longstanding. SNCC’s commitment to education goes back to the Freedom Schools of the 1960s, the student and community workshops held in preparation for demonstrations, marches, voting, holding office, and holding the elected accountable. The early childhood and adult education activities established by SNCC organizers in rural counties across the south and in urban areas like Vine City, Atlanta, are lauded as precursors to programs like Headstart. Several SNCC veterans went on to become prominent educators, serving as presidents of universities, including Dr. Joyce Ladner, Tim Jenkins, and Cleveland Sellers, and immortalized as a singular educator, like Robert “Bob” Moses, founder of the Algebra Project.

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