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Remembering Jim Lawson

Civil Rights Movement Leader, Movement Veteran, and Mentor to Many

Invitation: 2024 National Teach Truth Day of Action Press Call

Educators and allies to host National Teach Truth Day of Action press call

SNCC & Black Power: Community Conversation, Monday, May 13th via Zoom

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.

Join Us! SNCC & Grassroots Organizing, Apr. 26 & 27 at Howard University

Please join us at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) on April 26 & 27, 2024, for the SNCC and Grassroots Organizing: Building A More Perfect Union discussion series, generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Forthcoming Photography Exhibition: ‘Time to Get Ready: Maria Varela and the Civil Rights Movement.’

Join us at the Kendrew Barn, St John’s College, Oxford from Monday 29 April to Saturday 18 May 2024, as we immerse ourselves in Maria Varela’s extraordinary visual narrative.

In Memoriam: Dorie Ladner

Dorie's sister Joyce: “She will always be my big sister who fought tenaciously for the underdog and the dispossessed. She leaves a profound legacy of service.”

Memorial Service for Dorie Ladner

A memorial service will be held for Dorie Ladner on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC.

Reflections on Dorie Ladner

Dorie Ladner: "Reading the above and reflecting on my first meeting with Wazir reminded me that he was one of my heroes."

Dorie Ladner: Eyes Always On the Prize – By Charlie Cobb

There are certain words that come immediately to mind thinking of Dorie Ladner: courage, commitment, purpose. Her family roots explain part of the reason why.

In Loving Memory of Dorie Ladner

SNCC’s Dorie Ann Ladner, our sister, passed away Monday, March 11, 2024. She was special in her fierce battles against racism and white supremacy.

Bettie Mae Fikes, SNCC Veteran & Member of the Freedom Singers, attends 2024 State of the Union Address

White House guest list for the First Lady’s Box for the 2024 State of the Union Address includes American singer and civil rights advocate, Bettie Mae Fikes.

March 26th: CSUN ‘Fotografía Social’ to Celebrate Work of Photographer Maria Varela

“Time to Get Ready: Fotografía Social with Maria Varela” is scheduled to take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room of the University Library.

2023 Accomplishments & 2024 Vision

The accompanying document details the various SLP 2023 accomplishments and its work plans for 2024.

Many Rivers To Cross – The African Diaspora

During February, Black History Month, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) will explore various perspectives of the Diaspora: an interview with scholar Joseph Harris; stories of historic and present-day people who fostered African connections; a discussion with Michael Blakey and Peggy King Jorde on their global ancestral preservation efforts; and, a conversation with cultural activists, Melanie Maldonado and Omar Eaton-Martinez.

Q&A: Movement Course Build Information Session

Q&A chat transcript and video link for the HBCUv Movement Course Build - RFP Information Session recording.

SNCC Legacy Project Launches New Education Ventures

The SLP and the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) are collaborating on the establishment of a unique virtual course designed specifically for HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).

Living History From One Generation to the Next with the SNCC Legacy Project

A Duke University grant story from the Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation makes grants to actively unlock the power in the arts and humanities that helps connect us all.

Southern Echo Remembers its Founder, Hollis Watkins

As we bid farewell to Hollis Watkins Muhammad, we honor his legacy by reaffirming our commitment to the principles for which he tirelessly fought.

Celebrating The Life Of Hollis Watkins Muhammad

Beyond the frontlines of the civil rights struggle, Hollis Watkins Muhammad was an educator, a mentor, and an advocate for civil rights education.

Hollis Watkins founds Southern Echo (1989)

Southern Echo was founded in 1989 by Hollis Watkins, one of the first young Mississippians to join SNCC’s staff.

The Passing of Hollis Watkins

Hollis Watkins dedicated his life to human rights activism through SNCC and later Southern Echo, his grassroots community organization.

Joyce Ladner Remembers the March on Washington

What I remember most is standing on the podium looking out at the 250,000 people. It was a sight to behold.

Teaching in Dangerous Times: Lessons from SNCC

Register for the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle presented by the Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History.

Larry Rubin Remembers the March on Washington

We arrived at the March and saw up and down the Reflecting Pool people everywhere. We quickly understood it was the largest march ever!

Frank Smith Remembers the March on Washington

I came to Washington fresh from Greenwood, where I had been arrested once again in June along with Bob Moses, Lawrence Guyot, and others for trying to help local people exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

Dorothy Zellner Remembers the March on Washington

What struck me most was not only the overwhelming peacefulness of the event but the extreme dignity and "upstandingness," if there is such a word, of the hundreds of thousands of mostly Black people who were there.

Charlie Cobb Remembers the March on Washington

As many observe the anniversary of the 1963 march, there has been a great deal of celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream and of black and white feet dangling together in the reflecting pool, while the violent climate below the Mason-Dixon line has largely been forgotten.

Courtland Cox Remembers the March on Washington

My involvement with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (MOW) began some 10 weeks before the August 28 gathering.

Dorie Ladner Remembers the March on Washington

For me, as a daughter of Mississippi, the March helped to stir my thoughts about where the rest of my life was headed.

Cleveland Sellers Remembers the March on Washington

I decided to volunteer for the March and was assigned to the headquarters tent on the grounds of the Washington Monument, where the buses would park and let out their passengers.

Doug Harris Remembers the March on Washington

In the summer of 1963 my Hofstra College roommate, Roger Sencer, drove me to the Atlanta Georgia SNCC headquarters, for my new life as an SNCC volunteer.

Member of the Tennessee 3, Justin J Pearson Wins Seat! This second victory is a testament to People Power

People Power wins and this is but one of many more victories to come as we continue to work together for justice.

Bruce Hartford Remembers the March on Washington

Today, history knows how the march turned out, but as we rolled south that night we had no clue what we were headed into.

Riding the ”Freedom Train” to the March on Washington

SNCC Veteran Karen Edmonds Spellman recounts her summer of 1963 experience as a volunteer with the New Haven, CT. March on Washington, a coalition of churches, students, and NAACP members set up to recruit people to attend the March on Washington.

In commemoration of the March On Washington – Reflecting on 60 Years

Today in the 21st Century, when mass marches in the nation’s capitol are commonplace, it is hard to imagine how radical Randolph’s threat of 100,000 Black protesters descending on Washington seemed to the political establishment.

“The fascists can’t stop us!” — Judy Richardson at Teach Truth Rally

In her remarks at the Teach Truth Day of Action in Washington, DC, SNCC veteran Judy Richardson explains why she chose Hands on the Freedom Plow to donate to the “contraband book drive.”

John Lewis: March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom

Original draft of SNCC’s March on Washington Speech. Delivered by SNCC’s Chairman, John Lewis, on August 28, 1963.

On the passing of Harry Belafonte

We who are veterans of SNCC are profoundly pained by the passing of Harry Belafonte. It is Harry Belafonte, the fighter for human and civil rights, that we remember.

Legendary photographer Kwame Brathwaite of ‘Black is Beautiful’ has passed away at age 85

The pioneering activist and trailblazing photographer whose work helped propagate the “Black is Beautiful” movement of the 1960s, was born on January 1, 1938, to immigrants from Barbados who lived in Brooklyn, New York.

SNCC and the Black Arts Movement

Focusing on artistic endeavor, Moderator A.B. Spellman describes this session’s theme as "Where we came from, where we went, where we are and where we might go."

SNCC 60th Anniversary – Policing and Changing The Mission of The Criminal Justice System

What some see as a solution, others see as a problem. This paradox is at the heart of many issues related to policing, community safety & criminal justice.

SNCC 50th Anniversary – Keynote Luncheon Speech by Reverend James Lawson

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference Volume 6 - Luncheon Keynote: Rev. James Lawson, "We Have Not Yet Arrived"

SNCC 40th Anniversary – Prayer Service

Prayer service and remembrances of the first meeting organizing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. A conversation with Chuck McDew, James Lawson and Ivanhoe Donaldson.

The Night Willie Peacock Preached Us (1965)

Willie Peacock preached us a history lesson beginning at the ice age and then questioned his students...

Dear Representative; We Support You!

We, veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), send our support and appreciation for your determined efforts to stand up for the rights of the people of Tennessee.

In Memoriam: Ruth Buffington Hansen

Ruth Buffington Hansen 1943 - 2009 Ruth Buffington was a high...

In Memoriam: Philip Davis

Philip Davis 1939-1970 Philip C. Davis was born and raised...

In Memoriam: Len Holt

Len Holt 1928 - 2016 Born in 1928 in Tuscumbia, Alabama,...

In Memoriam: Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks 1939-1989 Paul E. Brooks was born in 1939 in...

In Memoriam: Scott B. Smith, Jr.

Scott B. Smith, Jr. Born in 1934 in Chicago, Scott...

In Memoriam: Rafael Bentham

Rafael Bentham Rafael Bentham, born in 1945 and raised in...

In Memoriam: Randy Battle

Randy Battle 1941-2009 Randy Battle was born and raised in Albany,...

In Memoriam: Howard Himmelbaum

Howard Himmelbaum 1940-2012 Howard Himmelbaum was born in 1940 in Brooklyn,...

In Memoriam: Robert “Bob” Cableton

Robert "Bob" Cableton 1938-2007 Bob Cableton, born in 1938 in Arkansas...

In Memoriam: Benjamin S. Grinage

Benjamin S. Grinage 1932-1987 Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio,...

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Wins Award!

SNCC Legacy Project ally the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant

‘Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power’ Review: A Movement That Changed America

We are engaging in a battle for our freedom. Everything we have achieved over the last 60 years is now up for a vote tomorrow.

Congressman John Lewis: “Stand Up and Make Some Noise”

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference Volume 28 - Luncheon Keynote: Congressman...

In Memoriam: William “Bill” Ware

William "Bill" Ware Bill Ware was born in Natchez, MS...

In Memoriam: Robert Weil

Robert Weil 1940-2014 Robert Weil was born in Evanston, IL in...