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

According to Google, 13,511 people visited the website during June for an average of 450 per day. Last month, 35,719 people visited the site. Our low June number reflects our traditional summer-doldrums when most U.S. schools are out of session. Roughly 20% of our visitors 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.


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

Edward H. Peeples - NAACP, SRC, AFSC, others, 1955-1990, VA, KY

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

Sheila Michaels, CORE, SNCC

New Articles About the Freedom Movement by Movement Veterans

1963PDF version of John Lewis' March on Washington speech, August 28

Added to the Freedom Movement History

No new history articles added this month.

New Additions to Our Stories

Rev. Joe CarterInterview re Registering to vote in Louisiana
Lolis ElieComments re Race, Race Consciousness & Black Muslims
James Farmer, COREResearch interview by Robert Penn Warren
Annell Ponder, SCLCCitizenship Education in the "Heart of the Iceberg (MS) 1963

Affadavits from Mississippi Black Paper
MacArthur Cotton (Regarding police suppression of voting rights.)
Fannie Lou Hamer (Regarding Winona MS police brutality.)
Jesse Harris (Regarding Freedom Ride arrest, courtroom segregation, police and prison brutality.)
June Johnson (Regarding Winona MS police brutality.)
Annell Ponder (Regarding Winona MS police brutality.)
E.W. Steptoe (Regarding police and KKK intimidation.)
Jimmy Travis (Regarding shooting by white racists.)

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Where Do We Go From Here?SNCC Legacy Project (re police shootings)

New Additions to Discussions

Bearing Witness: De Young Museum Panel Discussion, 2017

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Note to unidentified SNCC member (re The Mailman's March?), undated. Willie (Wazir) Peacock, SNCC
Letter to the Kennedys re lack of justice (MS) 9/20/63Sam Block, SNCC
Southwest Georgia SNCC Field Reports 11/22/65SNCC Georgia field staff

Added to Movement Documents

Telegram to President Johnson re police shooting James Brown in Americus GA, John Lewis, SNCC. August 22 1963
Continuation of Robb Burlage's Comments on Lyndon Johnson, (immediately after Kennedy assassination). November 22 1963
Memo to James Forman re conference in Washington and aftermath of Kennedy assassination, Mary King, SNCC. November 25 (assumed 1963)
Dear Mr. President (response to Kennedy assassination), Council for United Civil Rights Leadership. November 26 1963
SNCC Leadership Training Conference, Washington DC, November 29-December 1 1963. Bobbi Yancy, SNCC
CORE Lousisiana Voter Training Instructions, Richard Tinsley, CORE (c. 1964)
Report of Project Trip (re SNCC cars), Jesse Harrison, SNCC. Undated (possibly 1964)
SNCC Executive Committee Minutes, March 29 1964
Memorandum for the President re Use of Marshals etc for Law Enforcement in Mississippi, Nicholas Katzenbach, U.S. Attorney General. July 1 1964
Freedom Summer national public opinion poll, Harris Survey Inc. July 6 1964
Affidavit on Burning of Bovina Community Center, David Riley, COFO. July 7 1964
Securing Justice Department Action, internal COFO memo, July 13 1964
Freedom News, Holly Springs MS Freedom Schoo. July 14
Precinct Meetings, MFDP. July 24 1964
Telegram to President Johnson re MFDP Democratic Convention Challenge, Martin Luther King, SCLC. August 24 1964
SNCC Memo: Placement of Staff, Courtland Cox. Undated (possibly August or Sept of 1964)
Memo re Freedom Vote and Recruitment of Students to Participate, Betty Garman, SNCC. October 6 1964
Virginia Students Civil Rights Conference list of participants, December 4-6 1964
Tougaloo Work Study Project, Dona [Richards?] SNCC/COFO. Undated (probably 1965)
Prospectus Tougaloo College Computer Education Fund, nsigned. Undated (probably 1965)
SNCC: A Proposal for Handling of Finances, unsigned SNCC. Undated (possibly 1965)
Streets of Greenwood, Betty Garman, SNCC. February 3 1965
Discussions at Mt. Beulah Poor Peoples Meetings, Charlie Cobb, SNCC. February 9 1965
Emergency News Bulletin re Selma AL, Betty Garman, SNCC. February 10 1965
Cover letter from Jim Forman re "SNCC Programs for 1965.
Memo to Friends of SNCC re death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, Betty Garman, SNCC. February 26 1965
Freedom Workshop News, Highlander Research and Education Center. April 1965
Freedom Schools, summary of staff meeting 3rd & 5th MS congressional districts
CORE memos re Scholarship Education & Defense Fund programs, David Dennis, CORE. May 1965
Memo to Friends of SNCC re police brutality in Jackson MS and arrests in Washington DC, SNCC. June 19 1965
Something of Our Own – Part II, Maria Varela, SNCC & West Batesville Farmers Cooperative. December 1965
Freedom Primer Report, Judy Richardson, SNCC. December 19 1965
This is the story of folks Black like me..., Brumsic Brandon cartoon, reprinted by CORE & SNCC
Recent SNCC National Staff Meetings and Subsequent Newspaper Stories, Mike Miller, SNCC. Undated 1966 (probably May or early June)
Prospective Project With Migrant Workers, Unsigned SNCC and Farm Workers Assoc. undated (possibly 1966)
Statement of Julian Bond on being denied his seat in the Georgia Legislature, January 10 1966
Press Conference Q&A re White House Conference, Ruby Doris Robinson, SNCC. May 21 1966
Coroner (Alabama County), SNCC Research. May 26 1966
What's Happening in SNCC (special bulletin), SNCC New York Office. June 3 1966
Bulletin from New York Office of SNCC, June 23 1966
New York SNCC Newsletter, October
Grass Roots Organizing Project (GROP), Unsigned SNCC. December 8 1966
Who Are the Real Outlaws? H. Rap Brown, SNCC. July 1967.
Press Releases
4/10/64SNCCNegro Woman Qualifies for Mississippi Senate Seat (re Victoria Gray)
4/10/64SNCCFree Southern Theatre Starts
4/25/64SNCCJohn Lewis statement re J. Edgar Hoover
4/30/64SNCCSNCC Charges Hoover, FBI, Aid Racists
Eleven Negroes Enter North Carolina Races
4/30/64SNCC"Don't Appoint Racist," Johnson Asked
TV Stations Charged with Jim Crow
SNCC S.W. Georgia Project to Expand
5/16/66SNCCRe May conference & election of Stokely Carmichal

WATS Reports

SNCC WATS Report Incident Summary, December 12-30 1964
SNCC WATS Report Digest, January 26-30 1965
SNCC WATS Report, February 1 1965
SNCC WATS Report, February 2-3 1965
SNCC WATS Report, February 3 1965

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

No new poems added this month.

New Answers Added to Frequently Asked Questions:

What do you think about Black Lives Matter and similar movements today?

New Additions to Photo Album Pages:

No new photos added this month

New Books, Films, & Websites by Freedom Movement Veterans

FILM: 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.

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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