What the Civil Rights Movement Taught Us

See also Lessons Learned, by the SNCC Legacy Project (SLP)

On February 1st, 1960, four Black college students in Greensboro NC sat down at a white-only lunch counter and refused to leave when they were denied service. Their action sparked a youth-led mass movement against segregation and for voting rights.

Now, six decades later, we who were once young activists in that movement commemorate the student sit-ins of 1960 by reflecting on the lessons we learned.

[If you are a Freedom Movement veteran listed on our Roll Call, you are encouraged to contribute thoughts that you wish to pass on to the younger hands who are carrying the struggle forward into the future. Your contribution can be written or video, long or short, essay, remembrance, story, poem, quotes, aphorisms, maxims, whatever. (See Submissions for further information.]


What We Learned From the Freedom Movement

Chude AllenLessons Learned in the Southern Freedom Movement, 2024
Heather BoothThe Freedom Movement Changed So Many Lives — Including Mine, 2024
Charlie CobbAn Introduction to John O'Neal's Work and SNCC, 2023
Courtland CoxMr. Say Ain't Nothing, Mr. Do's the Man, 2021 (five short videos)
Fatima CortezWhat I Learned from the Freedom Movement, 2024
Bruce HartfordMass Movements & Social Revolution, 2024
Marion KwanLessons Learned, 2024
Jennifer Lawson Moving From Freedom to Black Power and Beyond, 2024
Mike MillerBob Moses: Neither Victim Nor Executioner, 2016
Judy RichardsonSNCC Changed Me... Forever, 2024
Karen Haberman TrustyWhat I Learned from the Freedom Movement, 2024
Dorothy ZellnerWhat I learned from SNCC Was: Everything, 2023
Group DiscussionLessons Learned in the Freedom Movement, 2015
Howard ZinnAgainst Discouragement, 2005
Howard ZinnWhat the Civil Rights Movement Proved, 1994


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