SNCC - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee


Aug. 6, 1964: Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Convention
By | August 6, 2014

Today marks the anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party State Convention with 2,500 people at the Masonic Temple in Jackson, Mississippi.
Historian and SNCC adviser Howard Zinn described the state convention in SNCC: The New Abolitionists:
It was a beautifully-organized, crowded, singing assembly of laborers, farmers, housewives, from …
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This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
By | April 14, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Kay Mills. 2007. 390 pages.
First-hand accounts of Fannie Lou Hamer’s emergence as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Making of Black Revolutionaries
By | September 3, 2015

Book – Non-fiction. By James Forman. 1997.
Detailed description of the Civil Rights Movement by one of the central leaders.

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Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
By | August 16, 2014

Teaching Activity. By Julian Hipkins III, Deborah Menkart, Sara Evers, and Jenice View. 2014.
Role play on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) for grades 7+. Introduces students to a vital example of small “d” democracy in action.

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Lowndes County and the Voting Rights Act
By | July 31, 2015

Article. By Hasan Kwame Jeffries.
History and significance of the Lowndes County Freedom Organization.

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To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools
By | February 2, 2015

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by William Sturkey and Jon N. Hale. 2015. 176 pages.
A collection and examination of the creative literary work of students published during 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.

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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
By | January 3, 2015

Key Civil Rights Movement organization of the 1960s.

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Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
By | January 24, 2014

Article. By Howard Zinn. From Chapter 6 of You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Zinn describes the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) voting rights campaign called Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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On the Road to Voting Rights: Freedom Day in Selma, 1963
By | January 2, 2015

Article. By Howard Zinn. Excerpt from Chapter 5 of You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Howard Zinn’s first-hand account of Selma’s Freedom Day in 1963.

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Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt
By | December 29, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Hasan Kwame Jeffries. 2010. 372 pages.
History of the role that activists in Lowndes County played in spurring black activists nationwide to fight for civil and human rights in new and more radical ways.

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Lessons from Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building Extraordinary Movements
By | July 31, 2007

Teaching Guide. Edited by Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold and Sylvia Braselmann. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2008. 456 pages.
Readings and lessons on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

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Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching
By | May 2, 2005

Teaching Guide. Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View. 2004. 576 pages.
Provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement, with a focus on education, economics, labor, youth, women, and culture.

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The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle, 1954-1990
By | October 30, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, Gerald Gill, Vincent Harding and Darlene Clark Hine. 1991. 784 pages.
Readings to accompany the film, Eyes on the Prize.

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Freedom Summer
By | October 27, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Bruce Watson. 2010. 384 pages. A history of Freedom Summer, the pivotal period of the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 Mississippi.

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Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
By | September 29, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner. 2010. 616 pages.
An unprecedented women’s history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.

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I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle
By | August 25, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles M. Payne. 1995. 506 pages.
The people’s history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Freedom School Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer
By | July 26, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez. Introduction by Julian Bond. 2007. 400 pages.
Letters and poetry from Civil Rights Movement volunteers in the summer of 1964.

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Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
By | July 15, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By John Dittmer. 1995. 560 pages.
A detailed, grassroots description of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America
By | June 30, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Wesley C. Hogan. 2009. 463 pages.
An innovative study of what the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) accomplished and, more importantly, how it fostered significant social change in such a short time.

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On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail
By | May 29, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles E. Cobb, Jr. 2008. 388 pages.
An educational travel guide to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)
By | April 21, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Stokely Carmichael and Ekwueme Michael Thelwell. 2005. 848 pages.
Autobiography of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture).

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Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader
By | May 21, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Michael Edmonds. 2014. 250 pages.
Anthology of first hand accounts and primary documents from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.

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SNCC: The New Abolitionists
By | March 9, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 1964; re-published in 2013. 246 pages.
A detailed history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

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Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson
By | April 25, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. By Cynthia Griggs Fleming. 1998. 228 pages.
Biography of Civil Rights Movement activist Ruby Doris Smith Robinson.

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This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible
By | September 19, 2014

Book – Non-fiction. By Charles E. Cobb Jr. 2014. 294 pages.
Cobb Jr. describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s.

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