Civil Rights Movement Veterans

What's New & Announcements
on our Website for March 2019

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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.

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.

Chicago SNCC History Project. Tells the Stories of Chicago Area Friends of SNCC (CAFSNCC), its relationship to SNCC, it's pivotal role in shaping the fight for freedom in Chicago between 1960-1965, and preserves that history as a legacy for the young people who are continuing the fight for freedom, justice and peace.

SCOPE 50. Preserving Civil Rights and The Story of Voting. Website of SCLC/SCOPE project activists.


New Names Added to the Veterans Roll Call

No new names added to the Roll Call this month

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

Myrtle Glascoe
Lonnie King

New Movement Documents

1963The Negro Ward of Cambrdige Maryland: A Study in Social Change, 75-page report. Summer Staff, CNAC. September 1963
1963Mississippi Freedom Vote Henry planning details, Unsigned MFDP. October 10, 1963
1963Statement from Allard K. Lowenstein, Allard K. Lowenstein. MFDP. October 27, 1963
1963Summary of Events, Unsigned MFDP. October 28, 1963
1964Tentative Suggestions for Freedom Democratic Party Platform, Unsigned MFDP. June 1964
1964Memorandum on Mississippi Summer Project to Congress, Unsigned COFO. June 3, 1964
1964Minutes, MFDP Temporary State Executive Committee. June 7, 1964
1965Statement by John Lewis to SNCC Staff Meeting. February 1965
1965No Freedom in School! Re student strike in Issaquena & Sharkey Counties. Unsigned SNCC. February 18, 1965
1965Youth for Brotherhood Program, Unsigned. February 28, 1965
1967Mississippi Labor Council Letter, Claude Ramsay. NAACP. September 29, 1967
1967Letter to Amzie Moore, from Maurice McCrackin, OFC re Operation Freedom (MS) 10/16/67
1967Letter to Amzie Moore, from Maurice McCrackin, re Operation Freedom funds (MS) 11/20/67
1967Report to Amzie Moore, from Abram Chayes, re misc. including CDGM (1st page missing) (MS) 12/1/67
1967Letter to Amzie Moore, from John Hatch, Community Health Action re food co-op (MS) 12/9/67
1967Letter to Mr. L.C. Coleman, from Ross Coggins, OEO re Community Action Agency (MS) 2/14/67
1967Letter to Amzie Moore,from Ernest Bromley, re Operation Freedom aid (MS) 12/18/67

Press Releases

10/63SNCCTwo Run in Mississippi Freedom Vote
10/63SNCCHenry-King Campaign Raises "Real Issues", SNCC
1/9/65SNCCSNCC Expands Arkansas Vote Work

Issues of Mississippi Free Press

December 16, 1961, Rev. R.L.T. Smith runs for Congress, Conspiracy trial in Clarkesdale
December 23, 1961, First Public Civil Rights Hearing is Held, Police Brutality in Several Counties
December 30, 1961, Negro is Victim to Police Brutality, NAACP Reply
January 20, 1962, Ole Miss Integration Suit Delayed, NAACP Files Desegregation Suit
February 10, 1962, Police Intimidation Continues in Mississippi, FBI Investigates Police Brutality in Clarksdale
February 24, 1962, Police Brutality in Affidavit, Ministers aim to End Church School Jim Crow
March 10, 1962, Leake Negroes Asked for Integration, Trial Not Yet Set for NAACP Head
March 17, 1962, Aaron Henry convicted and appeals, Reasons Why Negro Citizens Should Vote
April 7, 1962, Negro GI Almost Lynched, NAACP Appeal to U.S. Attorney General Kennedy
April 21, 1962, 2 Negroes on State Ballot, Integrationists Hold Conference in Alabama
May 5, 1962, Human Relations Council Formed in State, Beaten Students Ask for protests
May 12, 1962, Jackson desegregates buses, Easter Kneel-Ins at Talledega
May 26, 1962, Negro Killed Over Love Affair, Southern Bias documented
June 9, 1962, Protesters arrested on federal property, Mississippi men promised a "Fair Deal"
June 30, 1962, Ole Miss integrating, NAACP Attorneys Gain 2-1 Decision
July 7, 1962, Leaders organize Southern Democratic Conference, Functions of Mississippi State Government
July 14, 1962, Reapportionment in Mississippi, NAACP Role of Politics
July 21, 1962, Employees protest bakery over inequality, The Importance of Labor Unions
July 28, 1962, Harts Employees Continue to Strike, Unjust imprisonment of black college student
August 4, 1962, Employees Still on Strike at Harts Bakery, Drop in voting complaints reported
August 11, 1962, Stikes occur at 14 sites in Jackson, Mishandled funds in Clarksdale
August 18, 1962, Petition to Integrate Schools, Civil Rights Committee to Meet
August 25, 1962, Strike ends with small pay hike, Free Press reporter threatened
September 1, 1962, Congress Says "No Poll Tax", Voter registration continues despite threats
September 8, 1962, "Right to Work" announced by governor, Local Daily Smears
September 15, 1962, Two Injure in Ruleville Ambush, James Meredith admitted to Ole Miss
September 22, 1962, President Kennedy wants protection on voting rights, Clarksdale Leader's store vandalized
September 29, 1962, Great, Sovereign and Integrated, Editor recommends bi-racial committee
October 6, 1962, James Meredith enrolls in college after court battle, Some students from Southern schools support integration
October 13, 1962, The Nation Pulls for Meredith, Terror and violence throughout Mississippi
October 20, 1962, State fair boycott, Investigation of Possible Rural Help
October 27, 1962, ApportionmentPlan Up for Vote, Laborers Union Removes Weak Rep.
November 3, 1962, Government promised to admit Meredith, Union's organizer Risks Intimidation

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to Mrs. Green, re Freedom Democratic Party (DC) 9/4/64Arthur Waskow
Letter to Mr. Rauh, re Freedom Democratic Party (DC) 9/4/64Arthur Waskow
Letter to Arthur, re Atlantic City (DC) 9/8/64Joseph Rauh
Letter to Mr. Waskow, re compromise (DC) 9/14/64Edith Green
Letter to Amzie, re Patriot and Operation Freedom tour (MS) 9/16/64Carl Braden
Letter to friends re leadership trainig (MS) 9/30/64Constance Curry, AFSC, Marian Wright, NAACP
Overall Report, Southwest Georgia GA. 2/65Roy Shields Jr. SNCC
Ruleville Report--Sunflower County, MS. 2/65Linda Davis. SNCC

New Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement

1965?Organizing in the Northern Ghettos — SNCC Style, Jack Newfield, Village Voice. Undated (probably 1965)

New Articles Added to Freedom Movement History

No new history articles added this month.

New Additions to Our Stories

Dick GregoryDick Gregory, An Interview (22 pages), September 27, 1967
June JohnsonInterview by Joe Sinsheimer re Greenwood Movement, MS 1987
Rev. Ed KingInterview by Joe Sinsheimer re MFDP, MS. 1987
Joyce LadnerInterview re Hattiesburg & Mississippi Movement. 1987
Staughton & Alice LyndInterview by Joe Sinsheimer re Freedom Summer/ 1987
Silas McGheeInterview re Greenwood & Mississippi Movements. 1987
Bob MosesInterview by Joe Sinsheimer re Freedom Ballot in MS, 1963

Affadavits of Police Brutality & Violence

1963Affadavit of Saundra Lee Hill, re police and intimidation. (MS) October 1963

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Presentation to a Mennonite congregationChude Allen, 2019

New Additions to Our Discussions

No new discussion transcripts posted this month

New Answers Added to Frequently Asked Questions:

No new answers added this month.

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 the Photo Album Pages:

The Sit-Ins — Off Campus and Into Movement
Grenada Freedom Movement, 1966
In the Circle of Trust

New Books, Films, & Videos by Freedom Movement Veterans


Mississippi Reckoning, (novel) by Mitchell Zimmerman. Amazon/Kindle Direct Publishing 2019. The story of a despairing man's pursuit of justice for the victims of segregationist brutality, set against a sweeping backdrop of white supremacy rampant and the civil rights struggles of the 1940s and 1960s.

Crusader Without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr, by L.D. Reddick and Derryn Moten. Reissued by New South Books, 2018. First biography of Dr. King originally written in 1959 and now reissued.

Mississippi's Exiled Daughter, by Brenda Travis with John Obee. Story of Brenda Travis, whose 1961 arrest as a teenager helped galvanize opposition to racial discrimination in Mississippi. New South Books, June 2018.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Kennedy Administration, 1960-1964: A History in Documents, by James P. Marshall. Louisiana State University Press, 2018. Freedom Movement veteran traces through government documents the Kennedy Administration's response to the Mississippi Movement.

Hope's Kids: A Voting Rights Summer, by Alan Venable. One Monkey Books, 2017. Describes Brandeis University's 1965 SCLC-SCOPE project in South Carolina.

Operation Breadbasket: An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966- 1971, by Martin L. Deppe and James Ralph. University of Georgia Press, 2017. Untold Story, of the unheralded leaders of thel SCLC program based in Chicago that broke a market stranglehold by white businesses in Black communities and empowered Black businesses in their own neighborhoods and beyond.

1967 NBC News Interview with Martin Luther King, that was never broadcast and not made available until 2018. (27 minutes.)

Traveling With Dr. King, by Sunnylands & Gandhi-King Institute for Nonviolence. 2019. Video remembrance by people who knew and worked closely with Dr. King.

Iowans Return to Freedom Summer, by Keeping History Alive foundation. 2018. Firsthand accounts from six Freedom Summer volunteers from Iowa who reflect on their motivations, fears, triumphs and the life altering events that took place 50 years ago.

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.

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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