Announcements & What's New
on the CRMVet Website for July 2018

According to Google, 9,775 people visited the website during July for an average of 315 per day. In June, 13,082 people visited the site. Our low July number reflects our traditional summer-doldrums when most U.S. schools are out of session. Roughly 22% of our visitors came from outside the U.S.

 — Bruce Hartford, Webspinner.

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Ever since Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement established this CRMVet website in late 1999, it has been funded by donations from Freedom Movement veterans and individual supporters. We carry on this work without foundation grants or high-donor contributions. The only institutional support we receive is from Tougaloo College who provides the web server on which the site runs. They will assume responsibility for the site when we can no longer continue. So if you find our CRMVet site useful and worthy, we ask for your donation to keep it growing. Thank you for anything you are able to contribute.

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Sister Sites

SNCC Digital Gateway. SNCC Legacy Project & Duke University. tells the story of how young activists in SNCC united with local people in the Deep South to build a grassroots movement for change that empowered the Black community and transformed the nation.

One Person, One Vote. SNCC Legacy Project & Duke University. Chronicles SNCC's role in the historic struggles for voting rights and develops ongoing programs that contribute to a more civil and inclusive democracy in the 21st century.

Teaching for Change and Zinn Education Project. Provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world by promoting and supporting the teaching of people's history in middle and high school classrooms across the country.

The SNCC Legacy Project (SLP). SLP was begun to preserve and extend SNCC's legacy. Although SNCC the organization no longer exists, we believe that its legacy continues and needs to be brought forward in ways that continue the struggle for freedom, justice and liberty.

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Empowering the next generation, passing it on to carry it on by preserving the history of the Mississippi Movement.

Chicago SNCC History Project. Tells the Stories of Chicago Area Friends of SNCC (CAFSNCC), its relationship to SNCC, it's pivotal role in shaping the fight for freedom in Chicago between 1960-1965, and preserves that history as a legacy for the young people who are continuing the fight for freedom, justice and peace.

SCOPE 50. Preserving Civil Rights and The Story of Voting. Website of SCLC/SCOPE project activists.


Reunion, Conference, & Other Announcements

  1. September 30 — Freedom Movement Story Telling, Berkeley, CA

  2. Freedom Summer veterans who are interested in traveling to Mississippi for a few days this Fall to canvass for 2018 Democratic Party candidates in the communities where they worked back in the day should get in touch with Jim Kates at:

  3. If you are aware of any works of art related to the Freedom Movement such as paintings, drawings, murals, statues, and so on, please take a look at our Civil Rights Movement Art page to see if we already have an image of it in our collection. If it isn't included in our collection please email us an image we can post, or a weblink, or some other information that we can use. Thanks.


New on the CRMVet Website

Please continue to send us documents, letters, reports, stories, and other Southern Freedom Movement materials from the period 1951-1968.


New Names Added to the Veterans Roll Call

No new names added to the Roll Call this month


New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

No new memories or tributes added this month


New Movement Documents

1963Walk Arrested in Georgia [Albany], December 1963. Unsigned CNVA
1963Flash From Albany GA, December 1963. Unsigned CNVA
1964The Meaning of Albany, January 1964. A.J. Muste, CNVA
1964What You Should Know About, unsigned NSF, distributed by CORE. Undated
   Acreage Allotment Programs (cotton, rice, peanuts)
   Surplus Food Programs
   How Farmer Coops Can Help You
   Farmers Home Administration Loans
1964A Union That Really Was One, Donald Grubbs, CFL. 1964 (HTML version)
1964Proposal for an Employment and Training Division of COFO, Unsigned, COFO. Undated (probably 1964)
1964Outline of Mississippi Summer Research Project, Unsigned, SNCC. Summer 1964
1964COFO Welfare and Relief Program, Unsigned, COFO. Undated (probably 1964)
1964Report on Mississippi for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rigths, Unsigned, COFO. March 18 1964
1964Memorandum, re Mississippi Freedom Summer, Carl Rachlin, CORE. April 13 1964
1964Report on Mississippi, Unsigned, COFO. April 24 1964
1964Politics, proposal by David Dennis, COFO. May 14 1964
1964Harvard's Responsibility in Mississippi, Unsigned, SNCC. May 30 1964
1964Precinct and County Meetings for FDP, Unsigned, MFDP. June 1964
1964Telegrams re violence in Canton (MS), Richard Haley, CORE. June 12 1964
1964Memo to George Raymond re planning for summer program (MS), Richard Haley, CORE. June 15 1964
1964Letter to Amzie Moore re rural worker job application (MS), Martha Ann Singer, CORE. June 16 1964
1964Report on Freedom Vote registration (MS), Unsigned, COFO. July 12 1964
1964Emergency Memorandum, Bob Moses, Dona, Casey, Dick Jewett, COFO. July 19 1964
1964Letter to Amzie Moore re food and clothing donations (MS), Mary Anderson, Watts Action Committee. July 28 1964
1964Letter to the League of Women Voters re latest catalog (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 30 1964
1964Letter to The Reporter re article on Michael Schwerner (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 30 1964
1964Letter to Jewell Gresham re community centers (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 31 1964
1964Letter to Ted Levine re adopting a center (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 31 1964
1964 Letter to Lois Chaffee re COFO programs (MS), Richard Haley, CORE. August 18 1964
1964Letter to Lois Chaffee re Youth for Freedom Schools (MS), Stephen Lichtenberg, YFS. August 21 1964
1964Dear Friend re help for community center (MS), Kaufman, Levine, & Lodge, ACSW. August 24 1964
1964Letter to Annie Devine re need for a speaker (LA), Richard Haley, CORE. September 1 1964
1964Letter to Mr. Haley re freedom rally (MS), Annie Devine, COFO. September 9 1964
1964Petition to the School Board, Citizens and Parents of Madison County. September 11 1964
1964Letter to Goldsmith Brothers re account with store (MS), Lois Chaffee, COFO. September 13 1964
1964Letter to Lois Chaffee re being off "in care" list (MS), Mineo Katagiri, Pilgrim Foundation. September 14 1964

WATS Reports
September 10, 1964
September 20, 1964
September 21, 1964
September 22, 1964


New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to SNCC staff re who is reponsible? (MS) 6/64 Tina Harris, SNCC
Letter to C.O. Chinn re C.O court case (MS) 6/15/64 Richard Haley, CORE
Letter to L.H. Rosenthal re C.O. Chinn court case (MS) 6/15/64 Richard Haley, CORE
Letter to Carsie Hall re Oretha Williams case (MS) 6/15/64 Richard Haley, CORE
Report from Hattiesburg (MS) 7/24/64 Bob Beech, John Cameron, COFO
Report from Hattiesburg (MS) 8/3/64 Bob Beech, John Cameron, COFO
Report on the Summer Project (MS) 8/8/64 Alvin Pam
Report from Hattiesburg (MS) 8/11/64 Bob Beech, John Cameron, COFO
Letter to Richard Haley re weekly reports (MS) 09/10/64 George Raymond, COFO
Canton COFO, Two Week's Report (MS) 09/10/64 Unsigned, COFO.
Letter to Mr. McCrakin imprisioned husband (MS) 09/11/64 Nora Ellen Maze
Letter to Norma Becker and Sandra Adickes re school boycotts (MS) 09/12/64 Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Lois Chaffee re school boycotts (MS) 09/15/64 Norma Becker, COFO
Letter to Mr. Haley re petition to Madison County School Board (MS) 09/16/64 Mary Ann Shupenko, COFO
Project report, Canton-Madison (MS) 09/16/64 Annie Devine, COFO


New Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement

No new articles added this month


New Articles Added to Freedom Movement History

No new history articles added this month.


New Additions to Affadavits of Police Brutality & Violence

1964Affadavit of William Thomas, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Ursula Junk, re police repression and brutality (McComb, MS). September 21 1964
1964Affadavit of Matthew Jackson, re bomb thrown in his front yard (McComb, MS). September 23 1964
1964Affadavit of Rev. Ned Taylor, re police repression and brutality (McComb, MS). September 23 1964
1964Affadavit of James Holmes, re police repression and brutality (McComb, MS). October 18 1964
1964Affadavit of Candy Brown, re arrest at Freedom House (McComb, MS). October 23 1964
1964Affadavit of J.D. Smith, re arrest at Freedom House (McComb, MS). October 23 1964
1964Affadavit of Alyene Quin, re police repression at voter registration (McComb, MS). October 26 1964


New Additions to Our Thoughts

A Meditation on July 4thBruce Hartford
Selma: The Bridge and BeyondAlma Jean Billingslea Brown


New Additions to Our Discussions

No new discussion transcripts posted this month


New Answers Added to Frequently Asked Questions:

No new answers added this month.


New Additions to Poetry
The Poetry section is one of the most-visited parts of the site.

No new poems added this month.

New Books, Films, & Videos by Freedom Movement Veterans


Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, by Keeping History Alive foundation. 2018. Firsthand accounts from six Freedom Summer volunteers from Iowa who reflect on their motivations, fears, triumphs and the life altering events that took place 50 years ago.

Heather Booth: Changing the World, a documentary film by Lily Rivlin. 2017. How the Civil Rights Movement inspired CORE activist and Freedom Summer volunteer Heather Booth to a lifetime of fighting for social justice.

Stand for Freedom: The Life & Times of Willie B. Wazir Peacock The story of Willie Peacock, one of the original SNCC field secretaries organzing in the Mississippi Delta. YouTube.


Mississippi's Exiled Daughter, by Brenda Travis with John Obee. Story of Brenda Travis, whose 1961 arrest as a teenager helped galvanize opposition to racial discrimination in Mississippi. New South Books, June 2018.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Kennedy Administration, 1960-1964: A History in Documents, by James P. Marshall. Louisiana State University Press, 2018. Freedom Movement veteran traces through government documents the Kennedy Administration's response to the Mississippi Movement.

Hope's Kids: A Voting Rights Summer, by Alan Venable. One Monkey Books, 2017. Describes Brandeis University's 1965 SCLC-SCOPE project in South Carolina.

Operation Breadbasket: An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966- 1971, by Martin L. Deppe and James Ralph. University of Georgia Press, 2017. Untold Story, of the unheralded leaders of thel SCLC program based in Chicago that broke a market stranglehold by white businesses in Black communities and empowered Black businesses in their own neighborhoods and beyond.

Brother Hollis: The Sankofa of a Movement Man, by Hollis Watkins. Sankofa Publishing, 2016. Personal memoir of a long-term SNCC organizer from Mississippi.

The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North, by Mary Lou Finley. University Press of Kentucky, 2016. An alternative assessment of the Chicago Freedom Movement by an activist that examines aspects beyond just the open housing anti-slum protests.

White Lawyer, Black Power: Civil Rights Lawyering during the Black Power Era in Mississippi and Alabama, by Don Jelinek. Jelinek Publishers, 2015. A personal memoir of civil rights lawyering during 1965-1968 by a SNCC organizer and ACLU lawyer.

Up Above My Head: I See Freedom in the Air, by Carol Seay. Xlibris, 2015. Story of the "Stolen Girls" incarcerated in the Leesburg Stockade for protesting segregation in Americus GA. Told by one of the young women who endured captivity to fight for freedom.

Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer, by Charles Prickett. Wordrunner Press, 2015. First-person account of a college student and civil rights activist, who worked during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964.

Selma: And It's Aftermath, by Bill Monnie. A Snowy Day Distribution & Publishing, 2015. Ground-up history portrayed through photographs of the people who were literally the "boots on the ground" activists.

Web Links, Bibliography and Movement Archives updated, revised, & expanded.

As always comments, suggestions, corrections, and submissions from Freedom Movement Veterans are welcome. Veterans of the Southern Freedom Movement who are listed on the website's Roll Call are encouraged to contribute to the website their stories, thoughts, documents, and memories & tributes of those who have passed on by emailing them to

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