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Thank you for your patience. As we all know, COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in every way. The SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) had scheduled the SNCC 60th Anniversary Convening for April 16-18, 2020. However, due to COVID-19 and its devastation, we rescheduled the Convening for June 3-5, 2021. The Convening Planning Committee hoped that a 15-month postponement would allow for an in-person gathering. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, and the DC Mayor's Emergency Order prohibits indoor gatherings of more than ten people.
Therefore, the Convening Planning Committee must cancel the June in-person meeting, and has decided to move the SNCC 60th Anniversary Convening to a virtual Convening on October 14-16, 2021. These dates honor the October 14-16, 1960 meeting in Atlanta, when student representatives decided to make SNCC a permanent organization. The 1960 meeting invitation noted that it would be “action-oriented”.
We, like you, are disappointed that the in-person meeting is not possible at this time. The SNCC 60th Anniversary Convening Planning Committee has been gratified to hear from a number of today’s activists that they feel it is important to have the Convening to facilitate inter-generational meetings. It was hoped that these inter-generational meetings would allow us to discuss, together, how we could best support each other across generations of organizers. Fortunately, the SNCC Legacy Project has continued to be engaged with today’s activists through small virtual meetings. The Planning Committee will now discuss how to enlarge those meetings for the virtual Convening in October 2021.
In addition, many SNCC veterans were really looking forward to informal and personal conversations with friends of many years. Much of that will now have to be done virtually. The Planning Committee is considering how to ensure that these intimate connections are made in small group settings in a way that allows for in-depth conversation.
For those of you who have maintained your hotel registration with the Omni Shoreham Hotel, you should be receiving a notice on or about April 1, 2021 that the Hotel has cancelled your reservation.
As you can understand, the Planning Committee will now have to make a number of decisions. However, we know that the Convening of SNCC veterans, today’s activists, Movement scholars, supporters of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and others is even more important at this critical time. We look forward to an important, memorable -- and joyous -- virtual SNCC 60th in October.
Yours in the struggle,
Courtland Cox, Chair
SNCC Legacy Project