SNCC - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee


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

Today marks the 50th 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 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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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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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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Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
By | January 24, 2014

Article. By Howard Zinn. 2002. 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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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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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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SNCC: The New Abolitionists
By | March 9, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 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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Vietnam: An Antiwar Comic Book
By | March 24, 2011

Book – Non-fiction. by Julian Bond and illustrated by T. G. Lewis. 1967. 19 pages.
A detailed history and analysis of the Vietnam War in an easy to read format.

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The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement
By | January 9, 2001

Book – Non-fiction. By Bob Zellner with Constance Curry. Foreword by Julian Bond. 2008. 351 pages. Zellner tells how one white Alabamian joined ranks with the black students who were sitting-in, marching, fighting, and sometimes dying to challenge the southern “way of life.”

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Ella Josephine Baker. Painting by Robert Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth.

Baker, Ella Josephine
By | December 12, 2011

Profile. Ella Josephine Baker. Activist, Civil Rights Organizer, 1903–1986.

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Freedom Summer 1964
By | February 23, 2014

Prospectus for summer initiative to register African American voters in Mississippi.

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SNCC Leader and Congressman John Lewis. Photo:

SNCC’s Speech by John Lewis: “Original Text to be Delivered at the Lincoln Memorial”
By | July 2, 2011

Film clip. SNCC’s “Original Text of Speech to be Delivered at the Lincoln Memorial by John Lewis.” (1963) read by Brian Jones. From “Voices of People’s History of the United States.”

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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1985
By | October 20, 2004

Film. Produced by Henry Hampton. Blackside. 1987. 360 min.
Comprehensive documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Freedom on My Mind
By | January 7, 2013

Film. Directed Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. Written by Michael Chandler. 1994. 110 min.
The story of the Mississippi freedom movement in the early 1960s.

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Freedom Song
By | October 3, 2004

Film. By Phil Alden Robinson. 2006. 117 min.
Based on the actual history of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), student activism, and voter registration in McComb, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer
By | August 1, 2014

Film. Written, produced, and directed by Stanley Nelson. 2014. 120 minutes.
Documentary about 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.

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