Bay Area Veterans
of the
Civil Rights Movement

415.642.7933
bayvet@crmvet.org
For Bay Area speakers contact: speakers@crmvet.org

We are an organization of former civil rights workers who were active in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. We were staff and volunteers for SNCC, CORE, SCLC, and Delta Ministry. In the years since, we've all gone our various ways but regardless of where we are now we consider the Movement to be one of the defining experiences of our lives.

The bonds we forged in danger, struggle, defeat, and victory neither rusted, nor withered with age. In our hearts we still stand in that Band of sisters and brothers in a circle of trust.

Those of us who served in the Southern Freedom Movement and associated northern support centers are in a very real sense veterans of America's second civil war. And like veterans of other wars, we wonder where our old friends have wandered and how they have fared. And also like veterans of other wars, some of us suffer from forms of post-traumatic stress syndrome and others of our brothers and sisters have fallen on hard times.

We don't have a Veterans Administration — but we still have each other.

We meet monthly to renew old ties, share information on how other veterans are doing, analyze current issues, plan activities, participate in current events, and generally seek to continue the work we shared in times gone by (among other things):

  • Keeping in touch with Movement veterans wherever they are, maintaining contact lists, and rebuilding our community.

  • Analyzing and recording the history of the Civil Rights Movement as seen by those who were part of it.

  • Speaking to groups who want to learn about the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Providing research interviews and materials on the Movement.

  • Helping this website be a resource for movement veterans and all those interested in the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Continuing to be active in current events and public affairs, doing what we can to defend justice and fight for freedom.