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

According to Google, 36,789 people visited the website during January for an average of 1187 per day. On school days, the number of visitors ranged from 1200 to 2500 per day. Roughly 11% of our vistors came from outside the U.S.

 — Bruce Hartford, Webspinner.

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We of Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement started building this website in late 1999 and until last year we were able to finance it out of our own pockets. Now it's gotten so large we need a little help to keep it growing. Thank you for any donation you are able to contribute.

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.

SNCC Digital Gateway. A joint endeavor of the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke Univ. this website 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.

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

The National Park Service requests our assistance in gathering comments, memories and stories from Civil Rights Veterans who can attest to the importance of preserving Rev. Ralph Abernathy's West Hunter Baptist Church as an historic site. If you or your friends and family participated in any Movement-related events, have any photos, journal entries or memories and stories, please share with the National Park Service Historian, Keilah Michal Spann at or (912) 484-7737. Two public meetings will be held in Atlanta on Feb 2nd and Feb 9th, contact Ms. Spann for details. For more information see West Hunter Street Baptist Church Special Resource Study.

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

Martin Dooley - SCLC/SCOPE, 1966, MS GA
Richard Morrisroe - SNCC, 1965-66, AL

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

Leslie Dunbar
James Hill

New Articles About the Freedom Movement by Movement Veterans

No new articles added this month

Added to the Freedom Movement History

Diane Nash Defies the Mississippi Judicial System, 1962

New Letters & Reports From the Field

CORE Community Center in Meridian Mississippi, 5/14/64Unsigned, CORE
Meridian Mississippi report, 5/16/64Rita Schwerener, CORE
Meridian Mississippi report, 6/6/64Rita Schwerener, CORE
Letter to Mickey and Rita Schwerner, Meridian MS, 6/10/64Richard Haley, CORE
All-Day CORE Conference, Dunnellon Florida, 6/22/64Judy Benninger, CORE
Dear Jack, letter re MFDP & convention challenge, 7/2/64Signature illegible, MFDP
To Mrs. Hodes re Newsletter, 7/4/64Kay Raphael, NYC parents group
Field report, Madison County, 8/1/64Geison & Huston, CORE
A Brief Survey of the North Florida Project, 10/3/64David McVoy, CORE
Dear Ministers of Northern Florida, 10/27/64Elton Cox, CORE
Dear Hodeses, letter re Jackson. Nov. 19, 1964 (MS)Viki & Martin, SNCC/COFO
Progress Report for Havana Florida, 11/27/64Arlene Bock, David Dukes, CORE
Meridian COFO Weekly Report, 9/7-13/64Sandra Watts
Meridian Project Report, 9/14-25/64Sandra Watts
Meridian Project Report, 9/26-10/9/64Preston Ponder, Sandra Watts
Meridian Report of Political Programs, 9/26-10/9/64Joe Morse
Meridian Community Center report, 9/64Unsigned
Meridian Project Report, 10/10-16/64Unsigned
Letter to Richard Haley, 10/20/64Elton Cox, CORE
Project Report, Meridian Project, 10/17-11/8/64Sandra Watts, CORE/COFO
Political Report, Meridian Project, 10/17-11/8/64Joe Morse, CORE/COFO
Freedom School Report, Meridian Project, 10/17-11/8/64Gail Falk, CORE/COFO
Meeting of Miss. Project Parent's Committee, 2/9/65Unsigned, NYC parents group
SNCC Field Report, Phillips County Arkansas, 3/22-30/65Howard Himmelbaum, Stanley Tillman

New Additions to Our Stories

Sheila MichaelsPat Smith and Frank Nelson Wed (CORE)
Roberta TateSelma student activist

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Honoring Their Departure, Daphne Muse
The Limits of "Clicktivism", Bruce Hartford
Citizens as Co-Creators of a Democratic Way of Life, Harry Boyte, 2017

New Additions to Discussions

No new discussion transcripts posted this month

Added to Movement Documents

SCLC special account financial report, April 1959
Some Important Fiscal Facts About SCLC, SCLC. Undated (probably late 1950s or early 1960s)
SCLC Auditors Report for FY 1960, November 1960
Dear Friend (memo to supporters re Christmas cards), Albany Movement. December 10, 1961
Justice? (CORE pamphlet), undated 1962
Background questionaire for SNCC publicity, Bob Moses. Undated 1962.
A Message and Statement (re prison sentence and Mississippi courts), Diane Nash, SNCC. April 30 and May 21 1962.
SCLC Budget for 1963
Agreement (Treaty of Cambridge), Gloria Richardson (CNAC), local and Justice Department officials. July 2 1963
Mississippi Director Robert P. Moses (SNCC publicity backround). Undated, 1964.
North Florida Summer Registration Project, unsigned. April 1964
SCLC Salaries for Fiscal Year 1963-64 (staff list)
SCLC Convention Financial Report, October 5, 1964
Get Out and Vote Freedom Rally program, Florida CORE. October 28 1964
Freedom Rally, Florida CORE. October 30 1964
CORE/NFCEP Staff Meeting Agenda, Elton Cox, CORE. October 29 1964
Sunflower County [MS] — Activity Report, Linda Davis, COFO. January 12, 1965
Letter to Secty of Defense McNamara re George Wallace speech at Selma U.S. Air Force base, John Lewis, SNCC. January 12, 1965
Letter to Meridian COFO office, Richard Haley, CORE. January 13, 1965
Letter to Marvin Rich re missing CORE paycheck, Judy Wright, CORE. January 27, 1965
Letter to Judy Wright re CORE paychecks, Maxine Skurka, CORE. January 29, 1965
Memorandum re Sale Items, Betty Garman, SNCC. January 20, 1965
Report of Successful Community-Wide Fund Drive, Friends of the Mississippi Project, Yellow Springs OH. January 4, 1965
Fast for Freedom, Mike O'Gorman, Friends of SNCC (FoS). January 15, 1965
Appeal for federal action on civil rights & lynching of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman, Unsigned, academe. February 3, 1965
SNCC Arkansas Project Report, spring 1965
Arkansas Summer Project application form, Roger Barkley, volunteer
SNCC Arkansas Summer Project, Arlene Wilgoren, SNCC. April 3 1965
CORE Freedom News, Madison Parish LA, August 6, 1965
An Open Letter From Representatives of the Forrest City Arkansas Movement, Forrest City SNCC, Students for Action Committee. Sept. 1965
Memo on Proposed Temporary Educational Program for Forrest City Arkansas, SNCC, Students for Action Committee. October 1965
Uncle Sam Wants YOU Nigger! SNCC. Undated (probably 1966)
Press Releases
5/22/62SCEFPress release re Diane Nash prison sentence, Jackson MS
1964SNCCChairman John Lewis
3/64SNCCThree Negroes Run for Congress From Miss.
3/64SNCCGregory to Make SNCC Benefit Tour
3/20/64SNCCSNCC Press Releases:
Ask Removal of Biased Federal Judge (re Judge Harold Cox)
Jim Crow Hiring Ended in Georgia Plant
SNCC Workers Cover South in Bias Fight
3/20/64SNCCSNCC press releases:
Alabama's Negro Woman in Congress Race "To Win"
College Profs Asked to Cancel Jim Crow Mississippi Appearance
3/20/64SNCCSNCC press releases:
Seven Face Jail Terms in Florida Jail
Pittsburgh Symphony to Seek Anti-Bias Contract
4/1/64SNCCU.S. Asked to Withdraw From Jim Crow Mississippi Meeting
4/1/64SNCCRussell Challenged on Vote Fraud

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:

No new photos added this month

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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