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

According to Google, 13,265 people visited the website during August for an average of 428 per day. This low August number reflects our traditional summer-doldrums when most U.S. schools are out of session. We expect traffic to increase once school resumes in September. Roughly 23% of our visitors came from outside the US. That's double the usual percentage and probably reflects relatively stable foreign traffic while American traffic rises and falls with the school year.

 — 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

No new announcements at the present time.


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

No new names added to the Roll Call this month

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

Dick Gregory
Janie Culbreth Rambeau

New Articles About the Freedom Movement by Movement Veterans

1964The Mississippi Idea: Schools in Context, Howard Zinn, Nation Magazine, November 23 1964. SNCC reprint.
1966Meet the Press Discussion, Stokely Carmichael (SNCC), Martin Luther King (SCLC), Floyd McKissick (CORE), James Meredith, Whitney Younge (Urban League), Roy Wilkins (NAACP) August 21 1966

Added to the Freedom Movement History

No new history articles added this month.

New Additions to Our Stories

Septima Clark (NAACP SCLC)Interview by Robert Penn Warren
Jim FormanInterview by Robert Penn Warren, 1964
Annie Pearl Wormely JuniusSelma student activist, 1963-1965

Affadavits Affadavits of Police Brutality & Violence
James Charles Black (Regarding police repression in Lowndes County MS on June 8 1964.)
Jesse T. Morris (Regarding police repression in Hinds County MS on February 3 1964.)

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Nonviolence after CharlottesvilleHarry Boyte
The Legacy of J.L. Chestnut, Jr. Raising Hell in the South Heather Gray
Three Responses to Charlottesville:
     We Did it Before, We'll Do it Again
     Free Speech vs Hate Speech
     The Measure of Our Stride
Bruce Hartford

New Additions to Discussions

A General Discussion on Race & the Movement, Howard Univeristy. 1964

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Report by Phone From Leflore County MS re Ruleville, 2/18/64Charlie Cobb, SNCC
An Organizer's Notebook, (AR) 6/9/66Unsigned, SNCC
Memo to SNCC Central Committee (MS) 8/20/66Sid Walker, SNCC
A Little Old Report (re Stokeley & SNCC) Late 1966?Fay Bellamy, SNCC

Added to Movement Documents

Urgent Memorandum re Mississippi Summer Project Fund-raising and Support Work, Betty Garman, SNCC. Undated (probably late May or early June 1964)
COFO Contact List, unsigned COFO. June 23 1964
Progress and Problems of the COFO Community Centers, unsigned. Summer 1964
Statement of Robert Moses re future plansBob Moses, COFO/SNCC. August 19 1964
State of the Voice (re SNCC Student Voice), unsigned SNCC. Undated possibly summer 1964
A Program for the Student Voice, Inc, unsigned SNCC. Undated possibly summer 1964
Report on Southwide Fall Conference at Old Gammon Seminary, SSOC, November 13-15 1964
Minutes COFO 5th District Meeting, unsigned COFO. November 25 1964
Economics of Equality, Tom Kahn, 1964
McComb...McComb, memo to Friends of SNCC, Betty Garman, SNCC. Undated Fall 1964
Memo to Friends of SNCC re McComb, Betty Garman, SNCC. Undated Fall 1964
The Selma Literacy Project Report for the Year 1963-64, unsigned SNCC. Undated (probably late 1964 or early 1965)
SNCC Westcoast Conference reports, November 13-15 1964:
     Campus Organizing
     Campus Groups
     Campus Fundraising
     Educational Programs
     Political Pressure
     Graduate Students & Researchers
     Recruiting & Training Volunteers
     Faculty and Administration Relations
     Forming a High School

     Community Organizing
     Forming New Community SNCC Groups
     Political Pressure on Behalf of the Southern Movement
     Working With Other Community Organizations
     Community Fund Raising
     Community Education & Speakers

     Occupational Groups
     Doctors, Medical Students, & Technicians
     Trade Unions
     Teacher Organizations

     Interest areas
     Voter Registration
     Political Groups
     Freedom Schools
     Social & Public Welfare
     Press & Public Relations
Report of Meeting of November 18 1964 re Details of Congressional Challenge, Mike Thelwell, SNCC.
Power-structure map, undated SNCC (possibly 1965)
Memorandum to Friends of SNCC re status of COFO, Betty Garman, SNCC. December 11 1964
If Only Neshoba County Were In The Congo, SNCC reprint from I.F. Stone's Weekly. December 14 1964
Memo on the Atlanta Scripto Strike, Walter Tillow, SNCC. December 15 1964
Proposal for a Cultural Arm of SNCC, Barbara Simon, SNCC Atlanta Project. January 5 1965
Campus Contact Newsletter, unsigned SNCC. June 15 1965
Actions Taken on Policy Questions and Reports Submitted to the Central Committee, Unsigned SNCC. August 4 1966
SNCC Organization Report, Cleveland Sellers, SNCC. Undated summer 1966
Press Survey May 17-August 17 1966 (in wake of "Black Power"), Elizabeth Sutherland (Betita Martinez), SNCC
Statement re police violence in Atlanta GA, Stokely Carmichael, SNCC. September 8 1966
Stokely Carmichael Responds to Vital Questions America Asks, SNCC. Undated (probably latter half of 1966)
SNCC Field Reports September 28-October 8 1966, unsigned SNCC
SNCC Notes and Comment, unsigned SNCC. November 1966
Aframerican: News You Can Use, SNCC, November 12 1964, Volume II.
An Analysis of the Civil Rights Movement, John Churchville, SNCC. Undated (possibly 1966)
Black Candidates Southern Campaign Experiences, Julian Bond, SRC. August 1969
Press Releases
12/10/64SNCCSNCC COFO meeting in Hattiesburg (includes history of COFO)
9/10/66SNCCVine City Council press release re attacks against SNCC, Atlanta GA

Article Reprints
[Illustrated PDF versions of selected articles available for download.]

What the Civil Rights Movement Proved, Howard Zinn 1994
"Say These Words With Me", Bob Moses & Donna Ladd, Jackson Free Press 2003
Women & Men in the Freedom Movement, A Discussion 2004
The Importance of SNCC, A Discussion 2008
The Power of Freedom Songs, Bruce Hartford, 2011
The Student Sit-Ins of 1960
Freedom Rides of 1961
1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
The Struggle for Voting Rights in Mississippi ~ the Early Years
Freedom Summer 1964
MFDP Challenge to the Democratic Convention, August 1964

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:

No new answers added this month.

New Additions to Photo Album Pages:

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Freedom Movement Art

New Books, Films, & Videos by Freedom Movement Veterans


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.


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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