Announcements & What's New
on the CRMVet Website for March 2017

According to Google, 40,602 people visited the website during March for an average of 1310 per day. On school days, the number of visitors ranged from 900 to 1800 per day. Roughly 15% of our vistors came from outside the U.S.

 — Bruce Hartford, Webspinner.

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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.


Reunion, Conference, & Other Announcements

June 23rd-24th 2017 — 53rd Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service, Caravan, Conference and March for Justice. Neshoba County, Mississippi.


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.

Names Added to the Veterans Roll Call

Bobbi Cieciorka - SNCC, 1964-65, MS

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

No new memories or tributes added this month

New Articles About the Freedom Movement by Movement Veterans

The Successful Sit-Ins in a Border City: A Study in Social Causation, August Meier, CORE. 1961
Mandate From History: SNCC Takes Stock, Elizabeth Sutherland (Betita Martinez), SNCC. Nation magazine, January '64
Mississippi at Atlantic City, Charles Sherrod, SNCC. October 12 1964
Deeper Than Politics, Mississippi Freedom Schools, Liz Fusco, Freedom School coordinator. Liberation, November 1964
The Question of SNCC, Jack Newfield, Nation magazine. July 19, 1965
SNCC: Rebels With a Cause, SNCC Reprint, Lerone Bennett Jr. Ebony magazine. July 20 1965

Added to the Freedom Movement History

No new history articles added this month.

New Additions to Our Stories

Bob MosesInterview by Clayborne Carson, 1982
Shelia MichaelsThem There Eyes (MS)
Ed SternThe Lawyers Who Went to Mississippi Will Never be the Same

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Letter to the Editor (re Mississippi Burning movie)Carol Hanisch, 1989
This Button Was My BadgeStuart Ewen

New Additions to Discussions

No new discussion transcripts posted this month

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Correspondence related to Don Harris
arrest on capital charges
(Americus GA) 1963
Julian Bond (SNCC) & others
To Bob Mants & Dave Bell from Americus Jail (GA) 8/63 Ralph Allen, SNCC
Mississippi Freedom Project — Crises in McComb (MS) 10/23/64Dave Harris, COFO volunteer
Correspondence re Holly Springs project, (MS) 11/64 Cleveland Sellers, SNCC
The Stench of Freedom (Selma) 2/20/65Ralph Featherstone, SNCC
Letter to Mayor of Baton Rouge LA re segregation 7/28/65Murphy Dell, NAACP
Reports & Letters From Meridian MS CORE Project
3/25/64Meridian CORE Weekly ReportRita Schwerner, CORE
2/18/65Letter to Richard HaleyJudy Wright, CORE
2/23/65Correspondence re missing pay checkRichard Haley & Judy Wright, CORE
2/24/65Letter to George Smith re credit cardEdwin Day, CORE
3/18/65Letter to James Farmer re OEO discrimination in MeridianEric Weinberger, CORE
4/65Correspondence re OEO discrimination in MeridianRichard Haley & Eric Weinberger, CORE
4/26/65Letter to Greg Kaslo re funding and supportRichard Haley, CORE
4/27/65Letter to Eric Weinberger re OEO discrimination in MeridianRichard Haley, CORE

Added to Movement Documents

Marxism and Negro Liberation (25-page pamphlet), Gus Hall, CPUSA. May 1951
People With Strength: the Story of Monroe NC, Truman Nelson. Undated.
SNCC Financial Report Jan-June 1962
Dear Friends, emergency food & clothing appeal, Unsigned COFO. Undated (probably late 1962 or early 1963)
Dear Friend, fund appeal letter, John Barnum Jr, Sumter County Movement. Undated (probably 1963)
SNCC Newsletter, April 1, 1963
SNCC Newsletter, May 3, 1963
SNCC Newsletter, May 21, 1963
Student Voice, June 17
Report on mass arrests & insurrection charges, Americus GA on August 8 1963, unsigned.
Selma Alabama: Special Report, September 26, 1963
Memorandum on Racial Discrimination in the U.S. and in Support of the Negro Struggle, African nationalist & anti-colonial organizations. Undated (possibly 1963)
Student Voice December 30, 1963
SNCC You Can Help (Friends of SNCC guide), undated 1964
Dear Parents, Parents Mississippi Emergency Committee, Washington DC. Undated summer 1964
Letter to Jim Leeson re Atlanta schools, Julian Bond, SNCC. January 14 1964
Why Mississippi? Bay Area Friends of SNCC, 1964
Mr. President (letter to LBJ), parents of Freedom Summer volunteers. June 9 1964
Freedom School flyer, unsigned COFO (possibly from Shaw MS)
Fund appeal letter to Ladislaus Michalowski, Stephen Bingham, COFO/New Haven Freedom Center. June 13 1964
Hostile letter sent to John Lewis re Freedom Summer, Charles Benner, NSRP. June 16 1964
Freedom School Assignments as of June 23 1964, unsigned COFO
Memorandum: Report From Moss Point, unsigned COFO. undated (believed to be June 24 1964)
Dear Friend (report on address by Judy Michalowski), Harry Webb, New Britain Area Committee on Human Rights (CT). June 25 1964
You Are Welcome Here: Freedom Community Center flyer, unsigned COFO - Shaw MS. Undated
King for Congress flyer (Georgia) 1964
The Trip (report on trip to Africa & resulting proposals), John Lewis, Don Harris, SNCC. Fall 1964
What it means to be a Negro in Quitman County MS, Dave Harris, COFO volunteer. Undated (possibly summer 1964 or later)
Proposal for the Structure of SNCC, Many SNCC members. Waveland Conf. Nov. 1964
Memorandum on Structure, Casey Hayden, SNCC. Waveland Conf. Nov. 1964
Friends of SNCC, Contributions to Atlanta Oct-Dec 1964
Bay Area Friends of SNCC Bulletin, February 1965
Story of COFO, Bay Area Friends of SNCC. February 1965
Bay Area Friends of SNCC Bulletin, (Lawyers Who Went to Mississippi Will Never be the Same). March 1965
Outline for Residential Freedom School Program, Unsigned SNCC. Undated (possibly 1965)
Some Notes on Education (thoughts on meaning of knowledge & education), Unsigned (assumed to be a white movement-activist woman). Undated (possibly 1965)
Friends of SNCC & northern office reports, Betty Garman, SNCC. July 1965
Memo to FoS re Sojourner Motor Fleet shop in Atlanta, Betty Garman, SNCC
SNCC Financial Report June 1965
SNCC Financial Report November 1965
SNCC Financial Report December 1965 - January 1966
SNCC Financial Report February 1966
Urgent Memo: Emergency Financial Status, February 10 1966
SNCC Financial Report April-May 1966
SNCC Financial Report June 1966
Press Releases
4/31/63SNCCField Workers Arrested at Albany GA City Hall
9/4/63SNCCSNCC press releases, Americus GA
19 Convicted for July Demonstration
Boycotts Get Community Support
Four Still Held on Capitol Charge
5/27/64SNCCPolice Continue Harassment of Rights Workers (MS)
6/4/64COREArrest 55 on Second Freedom Day (Canton MS)
6/25/64 Press release by parents of Freedom Summer volunteers (re their delegation to Washington), June 25 1964.
7/28/64SNCCMississippi Church Burnings Continue
10/18/64SNCCSNCC Chairman Visits African States
4/2/65CORECORE "Shows Cause" to Governor McKeithen; Urges Action
7/4/65COREPress release re violence in Ferriday LA

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

No new poems added this month.

New Additions to Photo Album Pages:

Selma, Lord, Selma
Pins of the Civil Rights Movement

New Books, Films, & Websites by Freedom Movement Veterans

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. For a Voice and the Vote, My Journey With the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, by Lisa Anderson Todd. University Press of Kentucky, 2014. A Freedom Summer voter registration volunteer memoir with focus on MFDP convention challenge.

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, by Charles Cobb. Basic Books, 2014. Written by a former SNCC field secretary, this essential book explores the complex and essential relationship between the widespread nonviolent protests that built political awareness and the armed self-defense against racist terrorism that made organizing the Southern Freedom Movement possible.

On Wings of Song: A Journey into the Civil Rights Era, by Molly Lynn Watt. Ibbetson Street Press, 2014. A personal memoir on race in America against the backdrop of racial turbulence of 1963 and the Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee told in a book of poems. Published by Available from, Ibbetson Street Press, and

My Mantelpiece: A Memoir of Survival and Social Justice, by Carolyn Goodman and Brad Herzog. Why Not Books, 2014. Memoir by mother of Andy Goodman, one of three civil rights volunteers to disappear in Mississippi in the summer of 1964.

Mississippi Eyes, by Matt Herron. Talking Fingers Publications, May, 2014. Photos from the Mississippi Freedom Movement by Mat Herron, George Ballis, Nick Lawrence, and Dave Prince.

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader, by Michael Edmonds. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2014. Essays and documents chronicling Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964.

The Selma Voting Rights Struggle and March to Montgomery, by Bruce Hartford. Westwind Writers, April 2014. The Timeline & History articles about Selma and the March to Montgomery from the website presented in book format (paper and eBook). Available from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and Google Books. Can also be ordered from bookstores.

This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight, by Maria Gitin. University of Alabama Press, February 11, 2014 Creative nonfiction with detailed first person accounts by the ordinary people who formed the nonviolent army that won the fight for voting rights.

Freedom Rider Diary, by Carol Ruth Silver. University Press of Mississippi, February 2014. Freedom Rider Diary is the manuscript, created from smuggled notes from Parchman Prison, daily recording the 40 day imprisonment of one Freedom Rider and her companions.

VIDEO: 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.

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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