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

According to Google, 33,592 people visited the website during April for an average of 1120 per day. On school days, the number of visitors ranged from 900 to 1800 per day. Roughly 10% 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. But 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.

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.

Support needed for Freedom Riders based on the CORE & SNCC rides of 1961 which is set to premier off-Broadway in New York in early August with the goal of bringing the message of Nonviolent Direct Action to younger generations.


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

Lolis Elie
Bill Light

New Articles About the Freedom Movement by Movement Veterans

1960Anti-Negro Prejudice, When it Began When it Will End, George Breitman, (SWP)
1961Riding to Freedom, the New Secession -- and How to Smash It, Herbert Aptheker & James Jackson (CP)
1963Courage and Terror in Mississippi, Dissent, Summer 1963
1963Random Thoughts on Southern Politics and Civil Rights, Charles Morgan, Address to NSA Conference, August 19 1963
1963We're Changing Our Lives: Report from Mississippi (incomplete), Martha Prescod

Added to the Freedom Movement History

The Vietnam War and the Assembly of Unrepresented People (Revised & updated)
Vietnam and the Draft: Taking a Stand (Revised & updated)
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Dr. King and the Vietnam War (Revised & updated)

New Additions to Our Stories

Hunter Bear (John Salter)  Everlasting Jackson Woolwoorth Sit-In of 1963
Dennis RobertsCharlie Cobb's Draft Physical
Dennis RobertsPreston King vs Draft Board Racism
Dennis RobertsRoy Shields & the Draft Physical
Annette Jones WhiteCharles Sherrod — The Gentle Giant (Albany, GA)
Annette Jones WhiteBlue and Me in C.M.E. (Albany, GA)

New Additions to Our Thoughts

No new commentaries added this month.

New Additions to Discussions

No new discussion transcripts posted this month

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to Attorney General re Jackson MS June 14 1963Theodore Brown, ANLCA
Letter to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights re MS, July 1963Bob Moses, SNCC/COFO
Letter to Jack O'Dell re his forced resignation, July 3 1963Martin Luther King, SCLC
Report from Africa on Organization of African Unity (OAU) 10/10/65Dona Richards, SNCC
Report on the Beginnings of the Africa Project 10/65Dona Richards, SNCC

Added to Movement Documents

Updated Document, Oral History & Interview Archives
The Crises, May 1958. (Little Rock Nine, Blacks & Jews, more...)
Appeal for Action Against Apartheid, Martin Luther King & Albert Luthuli, American Committee on Africa. Undated (possibly 1962)
Unwise and Untimely? (publication of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by FOR)
Letter to Chuck McDew SNCC re Leflore County MS, Burke Marshall, DoJ. April 5 1963
You Can Help: Support Programs for SNCC, Friends of SNCC (FoS). July 30 1963
Possible Role Playing Situations, unsigned. Undated (possibly 1964 Freedom Summer)
Post Mortem Examination Report of the Body of James Chaney, Dr. David Spain. August 7 1964
A Proposal for Expanded Work Among Southern White Students and an Appalachian Project, Sam Shirah, SCEF. Undated (possibly 1964)
Thoughts on Education, Jeanette King,SNCC. Waveland Conference, November 1964
Segregation and Brutality in the Mississippi Delta, Unsigned (probably COFO or SNCC). Undated (possibly February 1965)
COFO Radio News, February 2 1965
Report from Alabama Black Belt, February 4 & 5, 1965
Marching Through Selma, special supplement The Movement newspaper (FoS). Undated March
Dear Friends of SNCC, Esther, Margaret, Betty, Shirley, SNCC. July 27 1965
Memo to Friends of SNCC, Unsigned SNCC. Sept 1 1965
Number 2 on the South-Wide People's Conference, Stokely Carmichael, SNCC. September 2 1965
Emergency Fund Memo to Northern Offices & Friends of SNCC, (re payroll & Forrest City AR arrests), SNCC. September 21 1965
Memo to Friends of SNCC (re arrests & violence Natchez MS and Baker County GA), October 6 1965
The Black Power Controversy, New South Student, December, 1966
Press Releases
5/28/63SNCCTestimony at House Hearing on Civil Rights Bills
7/3/63SNCCRing of Killers in Mississippi
8/14/63SNCCProtest Brutality in Americus Ask Justice Dept. Action (GA)
4/64SNCCSix Negroes Qualify in Deep South States
4/17/64SNCCProposed "Stall-In" of Motor Vehicles on Road to World Fair
4/19/64SNCCStatement of the Executive Committee re NY World Fair "stall-in
8/31/65NAACPRe: Voter Registration in New Orleans

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:

Mississippi: Into the Storm

New Answers Added to Frequently Asked Questions:

What were the failures 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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