Announcements & What's New
on the CRMVet Website for December 2016

Annual Report for 2016

According to Google,23,418 people visited the website during December for an average of 755 per day. On school days, the number of visitors ranged from 800 to 1600 per day. Roughly 81% of our vistors came from outside the U.S.

Please Donate.
With a Little Help From Our Friends,
We'll keep on keeping on.

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

Congratulation to the SNCC Digital Gateway that went live in December. A joint endeavor of the SNCC Legacy Project, Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, and Duke University Libraries 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.

 — Bruce Hartford, Webspinner.

Sister Sites

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.

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.

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.


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

Rick Saling - CORE 1965 MS

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

Avon Rollins, SNCC

New Articles About the Freedom Movement by Movement Veterans

Draft Second Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King & Clarence Jones. 1962
Mississippi: 1961-1962, Bob Moses, "Liberation" magazine, Feb 1965
Questions & Comments on "Notes from a Nonviolent Training Session"
Rock Bottom (re SNCC, the Movement & Black Power), James Forman, SNCC. 1967

Added to the History & Timeline

The Campaign for a Second Emancipation Proclamation

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to James McCain regarding Gainesville, FL CORE, 1/21/64Judy Benninger, CORE
Organization of Students From Georgia Tech, Agnes Scott College, and Emory University (GA) 1/31/64 Rick Stevens, SNCC
Field Report re Ennis CORE (TX) 3/17/64Tom Valetine, CORE
Letters & Field Reports From Meridian MS 
Weekly Report Meridian MSRita Schwerner. CORE. 4/13/64
Weekly Report Meridian MSRita Schwerner. CORE. 4/20/64
Weekly Report Meridian MSRita Schwerner. CORE. 4/27/64
Letter re Big Bend Voter Education Campaign (FL) 4/2/64Patricia Due, CORE
Report to James McCain regarding Dunnellen CORE (FL) 4/23/64Judy Benninger, CORE
Report on Demonstration at Capitol Club, Little Rock, AR 3/11/65Arlene Wigoren, SNCC
SNCC Field Report -- Helena Project (AR) 3/15/65Arlene Wigoren, SNCC
Report on Poor Peoples Committee (Grenada MS) 1/14/67 valign=top>Bruce Hartford, SCLC

New Additions to Our Stories

Ella Baker: Interviewed by Anne Romaine, 1967
Marion Kwan: Daily Log, Hattiesburg MS. Summer 1966
Mrs.Classie McCullough: How I Learned About Freedom to Vote (MS)
Walter Tillow: Oral History (Interview by Anne Romaine) 1966 (TN, MS)

New Additions to Our Thoughts

No new commentaries added this month.

New Additions to Discussions

No new discussion transcripts posted this month

Added to Movement Documents

SCLC's First Financial Report, Unsigned SCLC. Jan 29, 1958
SCLC Financial Report Q1 1961, Ralph Abernathy. December 1961
SCLC Christmas Bonuses 1962 (staff list), December 1962
A Proposal: A School for Basic Education in the Mississippi Delta, James & Diane Bevel, SCLC & SNCC. Undated (possibly later 1962 or early 1963)
Petition to Lyndon Baines Johnson (re racial violence), Unsigned, possibly SNCC. Undated (possibly '62 or '63)
Telephone Numbers and Addresses of Mississippi Jails or Courthouses, undated, Unsigned COFO? SNCC?
SCLC Financial Audit for FY 1963, Jesse Blayton, CPA. September 30, 1963
SCLC Annual Report 1962-1963, September 1963
Prospectus for a Campus Oriented Program, Ed Hamlett, SNCC/SSOC. Undated (possibly 1964)
Summary of SNCC Staff, Ruby D. Smith Robinson. Early 1964
Report on possibility of Mississippi Congressional Challenge, Jack Minnis, SNCC. July 9, 1964
Alabama Field Interrogation Cards Targeting Civil Rights Workers
Your Welfare Rights, Marian Wright, LDF. Undated (possibly 1965 or 1966)
Mississippi Welfare Rights Handbook, Marian Wright, LDF. Undated (probably 1965 or 1966)
Alabama Summer Project application form, SNCC. Undated 1965
SNCC Arkansas Summer Project application form, SNCC. Undated 1965
Letter explaining his resignation as staff counsel, Henry Aronson, COFO. Undated, early 1965
Special Report - Fraud in the 1965 Arkansas School Board Elections, SNCC Arkansas Project. October 1965
Letter to John Lewis re decisions at SNCC Waveland conference, Mary King, SNCC. 1/10/65
Letter to Richard Haley re CORE Meridian MS project, Marvin Rich, CORE. 1/12/65
Telephone interview with Courtland Cox re May 1966 elections
Election Report, General Election, Bruce Hartford. November 8, 1966
Eligibility for Welfare in Mississippi (Summary Form & work sheets), Marian Wright, LDF, Bruce Hartford, SCLC. 1966
Letter excerpt re trial of mob members who attacked Black school children, Bruce Hartford, 1967
The New SNCC, James Forman, July 1968
Anger in the Southern Pines (SCEF pamphlet), Steve Martin, SCEF GROW Project. 1968
It's Your Future, SCEF brochure
SCEF Speakers, undated (probably early 1970s)
Press Releases
CORE press release re "Freedom Registration and Registrars" in Louisiana, 7/1/64
CORE press release re civil rights testing in Monroe LA, 7/9/64
CORE press release: 15 Arrested in CORE Library Test in Monroe LA, 7/21/64
SNCC press release: Mississippi Freedom Democrats Plan Seating Challenge, 10/27/65
SNCC press release: U.S. Gives $30,000 to Mississippi Murder Town (Philadelphia MS), 10/27/65
"SNCC press release: Freedom Vote" Volunteers Arrive in Mississippi, 10/27/65
SNCC press release: SNCC Head at Zambia Independence Celebration (Lusaka Zambia), 10/27/65
SNCC press release: Mississippi Woman's Home Fired On, Greenwood MS. 11/29/64
SNCC press release: Poverty Funds in NE Mississippi Headed by Segregationist Lawmaker, SNCC, 11/29/64
SNCS Press Releases, 11/29/64
SNCC Press release re Gov. Wallace airbase speech, Selma AL. 1/15/65
SNCC press release: Three Indicted for Beating SNCC Worker, Greenwood MS. 1/15/65
SNCC press release: Mississippi Got $4.5 Million from U.S (re Civil Defense).1/22/65
SNCC Announces 1965 Plans, Atlanta GA. 2/25/65
SCEF press release: Retirement of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Birmingham AL. 6/8/66
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
Selma, Lord, Selma
March to Montgomery
Before I'll Be a Slave...
Freedom Movement Posters

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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