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

According to Google, 39,146 people visited the website during February for an average of 1398 per day. On school days, the number of visitors ranged from 1100 to 1800 per day. Roughly 11% 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

March 29-April 2, 2017 — 12th Annual Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference. Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS.


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

Michael Rooke-Ley - CORE, 1965, LA

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

No new memories or tributes added this month

New Articles About the Freedom Movement by Movement Veterans

Voter Registration: How it Worked in Georgia (c. 1963)
Sumter Character Test (Sumter County GA voter registration training, 1963)
Untitled detailed article describing SNCC's Mississippi voter registration campaign, 1961-1962, Bob Moses, SNCC. Liberation, January 1970
SNCC: The Qualities of Protest (review & discussion of Zinn's "The New Abolitionists), Tom Hayden, SDS. "Studies on the Left," winter 1965

Added to the Freedom Movement History

No new history articles added this month.

New Additions to Our Stories

David BailinMississippi Summer Project Diary, Hattiesburg, August 1964
Ella BakerInterview With Clay Carson, 1972
Allard LowensteinInterview by Clay Carson, 1977
James RobinsonOral-histories, 10 sessions (CORE/FOR)
Jimmy WebbI'll Be An Activist Until I Die (Selma)

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Learning from the Long Civil Rights Movement's First GenerationVirginia Durr, Sue Thrasher
Address to Ella Baker 75th Birthday CelebrationBob Moses, 1978

New Additions to Discussions

Trump & the Election of 20162016

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Evaluation of SNCC in Americus (GA) 12/63Don Harris, SNCC
S.W. Georgia Field Report 3/27/64Don Harris, SNCC
Letter to Richard Haley re CORE contact, 10/12/64Sandra Watts, CORE
Letter to Sandra Watts re CORE contact, 10/15/64Richard Haley, CORE
Meridian Project Report, 11/10-12/13/64Sandra Watts, CORE/COFO
Meridian Project Political Report, 11/10-12/13/64Joe Morse, CORE/COFO
Meridian Project Report, 11/15-1/13/65George Smith, Pinky Slote, CORE/COFO
Meridian Project Report, 1/13-2/11/65, 1965CORE/COFO staff
Letter to George Smith, 2/15/65Richard Haley, CORE
Letter to Hodes, re du Bois Freedom Library
Jackson MS. 2/3/65
"V" and "M" (assumed to be Vicki and Martin Nicolaus), COFO
Dear Hodeses (MS), 2/15/65"V" (Vicki Ortiz Nicolaus), COFO
Letter to Eric Weinberger re OEO in Meridian, 4/5/65Richard Haley, CORE
Letter re Meridian Project status, 5/15/65Catherine Crowell, CORE.
Meridian Project Report, 6/15/65Named CORE staff

Added to Movement Documents

Documents From the Youth Marches for Integrated Schools 1958, 1959
     Proposed Budget for Petition Campaign and Washington Demonstration, undated 1958
     Six organizing letters, A. Phillip Randolph, Stanley Levinson, others. Various dates
     Why the Interracial Youth March for Integrated Schools, A. Phillip Randolph, YMIS, BSCP. Undated 1958
     Press release: Students to Demonstrate in Washington for Integrated Schools, Sept. 15 1958
     Press release: Statement by A. Phillip Randolph at Youth March Rally, Sept 19 1958
     Press release re attempted assasination of Dr. King, A. Phillip Randolph, YMIS. September 23 1958
     Letter to President Eisenhower re school desegregation, A. Phillip Randolph, YMIS, BSCP. October 10 1958
     Instruction Sheet #1, YMIS Childrens Committee. October 25 1958
     Instruction Sheet #2, YMIS. October 25 1958
     Program, October 25 1958
     Text of Martin Luther King's address, October 25 1958
     Youth March for Integrated Schools White House delegation members, A. Phillip Randolph, YMIS. October 25 1958
     Presidential Delegation Statement, October 25 1958
     Letter to the President re Little Rock Nine, Lavonne Swearingen. October 30, 1958
     Financial Report, , Stanley Levinson & Bayard Rustin, YMIS. October 31 1958
New Frontiers for College Students (workshop announcement), Charles Boyles, Highlander Folk School. April 1961
Memo re Freedom Walk, James Forman, SNCC. April 1963
Americus Georgia: SNCC Special Mailing, September 24 1963
Job Preference Form, Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964
Orientation Letter to Volunteers, Mississippi Freedom Summer 1st session, June 14 1964. COFO.
Judy Michalowski's Freedom Summer Registration Form, June 22 1964
Mississippi — SNCC Arrest Form, Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964
Lesson Plans for the Unit on Mississippi Politics, Freedom Schools, 1964
SNCC: Incident Summary  — Mississippi, October 1964
Memo re Staff Position to be Filled, James Forman, SNCC. Undated (presumed late 1964)
Notes for Position Papers Never Written, undated. (Possibly related to SNCC Waveland conf.)
Statement to FBI re lynching of Chaney, Schwerner & Goodman, Horace Doyle, participant in the murders. November 24 1964
COFO: Discussion Outline, unsigned. April 7 1965
Notes to Friends of SNCC, Betty Garman. January 27 1965
To Friends of SNCC re FDP Petition Campaign, SNCC. January 30 1965
Neshoba Project Report, Alan Schiffmann, CORE/COFO. February 1 1965
Mississippi Project Parents Committee meeting minutes, Unsigned. February 9, 1965
To the Justice Department and U.S. Congress, University Friends of SNCC. Undated 1965 (probably Feb. or Mar.)
Statement of Demands for Rights of the Poor, SCLC/PPC. May 1 1968
Mississippi Woodcutters are Getting it Together; They Need Your Help, SCEF. Undated 1968
SNCC Ongoing Issues, prepared for SNCC 50th Anniversary reunion 2010. Courtland Cox, SNCC
Members of the Southern Student Organizing Committee (1964-1969). Prepared for SNCC 50th Anniversary reunion 2010
Press Releases
10/18/63LDEF Legal Defense Fund Lawyers Advance Americus Cases, GA
??/??/64SNCC 2nd Greenwood Mississippi Freedom Day Set (for 4/9/64)
5/17/64SCEF Upside-down justice, Albany GA
5/27/64CORE Press release re voting rights in Louisiana

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:

SCOPE Project, 1965
Freedom Movement Art

New Books, Films, & Websites by Freedom Movement Veterans

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

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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