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This section is where Movement veterans publish retrospectives, analyses, and opinions related to the Freedom Movement and all that came after. It is open to any veteran of the Southern Freedom Movement during the years 1951-1968 who is listed in the Veterans Roll Call. (See The Southern Freedom Movement for articles written by Movement veterans at the time the Movement was taking place.)

See also:

History & Timeline: 1951-1968 — Descriptions of Movement events.
The Southern Freedom Movement — Articles by Movement veterans written at the time.
Letters & Reports From the Field — By Movement veterans written at the time
Discussions — Transcripts of later group discussions by Movement veterans.
Our Stories — Memories, narratives & interviews of Movement veterans.
Documents — Movement publications, reports, organizing materials, strategy papers, etc.

Submissions Policy

 
 
2015
Call to Selma, a Review From the Bridge"Arkansas" Benston
Evaluating the Southern Freedom MovementGene Turitz
Anniversary of the February 1st, 1960 Sit-insCasey Hayden
"Selma" the Movie: Thoughts & Comments by Freedom Movement Veterans
 
2014
My Parents Said Yes!Chude Allen
Letter to the Family of Charles SherrodCourtland Cox
Getting Past the Grand JurySNCC Legacy Project
Changing the Culture of Blue-BigotryBruce Hartford
Reading "Ferguson" in Faulkner's Intruder in the DustPeter de Lissovoy
Reflections from Bob Moses ... On the Passing of John DoarBob Moses
Wilcox Co. Churches: Sanctuaries & Action Centers in the CRM  Maria Gitin
The Meaning of "Radical"Bruce Hartford
As Mississippi Moves on, a New Struggle ArisesRon Carver
Fannie Lou Hamer & the Democratic PartyMarsha Rose Joyner
Mississippi Movement Set Example for Female LeadersJoyce Ladner
The Missing WordBruce Hartford
The Mississippi Summer Project 50th Anniversary Notes ...Mike Miller
Why I Am Proud of the 1964 Civil Rights ActThomas Armstrong
Address to Freedom Summer 50th CommemorationJulian Bond
In the Mississippi River: Heroes and Sheroes:Judy Richardson
An Epitaph That Keeps GivingTim Jenkins
Union Organizing: Lessons From SNCC WorkLarry Rubin
Remembering John Perdew (1942-2014)Sam Mahone
Wiping Away the TearsHeather Gray
The MFDP: 50 years Later a Time for EvaluationMike Miller
Courage Was the KeyBruce Hartford
 
2013
My Homage to Mandela's LifeL. Zapata
Thoughts on the Passing of Nelson MandelaHunter Bear
African American Women and Jewish Women ...   Yvonne Hilton
Harassment Didn't Stop Civil Rights WorkCorinne Barnwell
A Memory from ... when Viola Liuzzo Was MurderedPeter de Lissovoy
Memories of the MarchFatima Cortez
Aug. 28, 1963 Was a Day of Joy, Anger and HopeJoyce Ladner
Homily for the Jonathan Daniel PilgrimageGloria House
Reaction to Supreme Court Overturning VRAMaria Gitin
Supporting SNCCNeal Hurwitz
Leo Branton: A Sterling Brown Kind of Strong ManDaphne Muse
Fifty Years: Remembering Medgar EversHunter Bear
Food for ThoughtMaria Gitin
Voting Rights Act: Friend of the Court BriefVMCRM
The Roots of PovertyBruce Hartford
When MLK Thrilled L.A. — and MeEllen Broms
Our Week with Rosa Parks...Daphne Muse
 
2012
On Being a Militant and Radical Organizer...Hunter Gray
Living With Others: Challenges and PromisesBob Zellner
Lawrence Guyot's ThoughtsLawrence Guyot
Political Animals Likely to Confuse History of the CRMDiane Nash
Thoughts on Port HuronBob Zellner
Quilt Story: Black Rural Women, White Urban ...Linda Beckman
 
2011
The Dark and Poor Must Join OWS!Curtis Muhammad
Another Account of the Second Freedom SummerJo Freeman
Schools to Prison Pipeline, Today's Civil Rights IssueConnie Curry
Fred Shuttlesworth: Civil Rights LionCharlie Cobb
Doing the Right ThingRobert & Helen Singleton
Thoughts on "The Help" Book & Movie[Movement veterans]
You Came Here to Die, Didn't You?Jo Freeman
My Country, My Mother, and MeHelen Singleton
The People's Revolution Does Not Seek to Lead NationsCurtis Muhammad
 
2010
I Owe a Debt of Gratitude to the Civil Rights MovementDaphne Muse
Clyde KennardRon Hollander
Statement on Mississippi Freedom Ride 50th ...  [Group]
SNCC at 50Charlie Cobb
In the Attics of My MindCasey Hayden
SNCC & Today's Education StruggleBruce Hartford
Review of The Great Pool Jump: & Other Stories ...Stephen Saltonstall
SNCC, Fifty Years LaterMarian Wright Edelman
SNCC's LegacyCurtis Muhammad
Letter to Young RadicalsCurtis Muhammad  
 
2009
Generational Narrative by a Black Woman on ...  Ruby Sales
 
2008
Long Time Coming (Election of Obama)Wally Roberts
21 Months (Election of Obama)Helen Singleton
Activists and ActivismBruce Hartford
That Darned "Why did you..." QuestionBruce Hartford
"Atlantic City Revisited" — Mondale & "The Movement" Mike Miller
The Importance of SNCC (A Discussion)[Movement Veterans]  
 
2007
Leadership: Freedom Movement vs New LeftBruce Hartford
SNCC, Black Power & Black Nationalism  Mike Miller
 
2005
Why Struggle? Why Care?Chude Allen
The FBI's Mississippi MyopiaRon Carver
Veterans Statement, "Eyes on the Prize"[Movement Veterans]
Adopt A Racist Boor For MLK DayBenjamin Greenberg
Georgia's Fraudulent Anti-Fraud LegislationJulian Bond
Against DiscouragementHoward Zinn
 
2004
Bona Fide Community Organizing: Core DimenstionsHunter Bear
Religion and the 2004 ElectionSales & Hartford
Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman 40th Memorial  [Many people]
 
2003
A Black Man Fights the DraftMichael Simmons  
Say These Words With MeMoses & Ladd  
 
2002
Justice for Jamil (H. Rap Brown)[Movement Veterans]
 
2001
"My Reflections of Years Gone By"Charles Person
 
2000
Review of Walking With the WindMike Miller
Renewing the Beloved CommunityMike Miller
 
1990s
Beloved Community, Mississippi RevisitedSusan Moon
Mississippi Stories I & IIBell Gale Chivigny
What the Civil Rights Movement ProvedHoward Zinn
Mississippi Movement MemoriesMike Miller
 
1980s
SNCC: How They StoodMartha Prescod
Mississippi SmolderingJim Kates


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