Civil Rights Movement Archive

What's New & Announcements for
January 1st, 2020

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Annual Report for 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.

Announcements

The Spirit of Freedom. CD $25. A vocal duet by award winning vocalist LaRhonda Steele and Karen Haberman Trusty (SNCC, 1963-1964). This CD is a collection of modern versions of Freedom Songs and spoken word pieces about SNCC and its significance for today. "These songs are the Battle Cry against the oppression of my people. I am deeply moved by this project and its relevance," LaRhonda Steele. To order, email: ktobas@gmail.com.

Organizing Our Strength for Tomorrow: A Call to Gather on SNCC's 60th Anniversary. Washington, DC. April 16-19, 2020. For details and registration information: SNCC 60th Anniversary Conference.

Movement art: If you are aware of any works of art related to the Freedom Movement such as paintings, drawings, murals, statues, and so on, please take a look at our Civil Rights Movement Art page to see if we already have an image of it in our collection. If it isn't included in our collection please email us an image we can post, or a weblink, or some other information that we can use. Thanks.

Movement Materials: Please continue to send us documents, letters, reports, stories, and other Southern Freedom Movement materials from the period 1951-1968.

New Movement Documents

1963Field Director Faces Death Penalty, copy of CORE press release, Americus, GA. August 22, 1963.
1965Report re: Report of the Convention Fundraising Committee, unsigned CORE. Undated 1965 (probably May or June)
1965Debt of National CORE, 1965, unsigned CORE. Undated, probably prepared for convention in June)
1965Memo re: Complaints Against Telephone Company and FBI, unsigned CORE. Undated 1965
1965Bloody Sunday incidents and response, Unsigned, SNCC. March 8, 1965
1965A Few Recent Deaths in Alabama, Unsigned, SNCC. March 14, 1965
1965Questions Concerning Local and Parish ASC Committees..., (LA). Unsigned CORE. Undated (probably May or June 1965)
1965Note to Dan, re ASCS elections (LA). Herman "Slick" Carter, CORE. Undated (probably May or June 1965)
1965Memo re Louisianna ASCS parish elections, Herman "Slick" Carter, CORE. Undated 1965 (probably June or July)
1965Young America: Looking Ahead to 1966, letter to a SNCC worker, Jon Steinberg. September 28, 1965
1965Report on Mississippi, Unsigned MFDP. October 29, 1965
1967?SNCC San Francisco Office Raided, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated (possibly 1967)
1967Facts About the TSU Five and Their Indictment For Murder and ..., Unsigned, SNCC. Undated 1967 (probably May or June)

Press Releases
4/16/63SNCCDOJ protects negroes right to vote
2/1/64SNCCSNCC press releases:
Rights Demonstrators Enjoined in Hattiesburg Vote Drive
SNCC Worker Convicted on Contributing Charges
2/1/64SNCCSNCC press releases:
No Clues Found in Negro's Murder
Greenwood Race Cases Set
3/20/64SNCCMississippi Summer Project Launched
4/13/64DMStatement from Ministers Outside the Hattiesburg Jail
5/16/64SNCCSNCC Worker Reports Reign of Terror in Mississippi (re Natchez)
5/27/64SNCCMississippi Sumer Project to Begin in July

Publications

Mississippi Free Press issues:
March 2, 1963, Bias May Halt Job Training, Courts asked to desegregate public schools
March 9, 1963, Federal protection demanded after attemted killing, Parents ask to open Jackson's schools
March 16, 1963, Greenwood Citizens Attempt to Register, Leake County Parents File Desegregation Suit
March 23, 1963, Continued illegal segregation despite orders, Action to make segregation expensive
March 30, 1963, 125,000 school children skip lunch due to lack of funding, Mississippi students denied information on free lunches
April 6, 1963, Hundreds ask for voting rights in Greenwood, Greenvile Hospital maintains inadequate accomodations
April 13, 1963, Greenwood Leaders Disappointed by Justice Dept. Kennedy sends civil rights bill to congress
April 20, 1963, Diggs (D-MI) to See Pres. About Delta Situation, 4 Citizens Report Repisals After Seeking Registration
April 27, 1963, Kennedy refuses to cut off federal funds to MS, More Deltans Apply Daily at Courthouse

*New Section*
Documents: Los Angeles CA Protests, 1963-1964

Background: Northern Residential Segregation
Background: Northern Defacto School Segregation
Background: Northern Job Discrimination
Background: Northern Police Malpractice & Brutality
????LAUSDDilworth Act Relating to Communist-Party Membership, school board's legal basis for "Loyalty Oath."
1963COREWelcome to CORE, flyer for new members. Undated 1963
1963CORESouthwest Realty Board Supports Segregation, CORE flyer ("southwest" refers to area of L.A. county). Undated 1963
1963CORENote to Bruin CORE re White-Only job notice at sorority, anonymous. Undated (probably fall 1963)
1963COREBruin CORE recruitment flyer, unsigned, undated (probably fall or winter 1963)
1963COREAnti-Bruin CORE flyer, unsigned. Undated (probably fall or winter 1963)
1963 CORE Segregated Schools in Los Angeles, 32-page pamphlet. Kenneth Fry, CORE Education Committee. Undated (probably fall of 1963)
1963?NYCWhat You Should Know to Get Rid of Rats, New York City Dept. of Health. Undated (possibly 1963)
1963COREPress release about real estate tycoon Don Wilson, unsigned LA CORE. June 28 1963
1963COREChief Parker resign! Mother's Day party flyer, unsigned. May 9 1963
1963CORELA CORE organizing calendar July 1963
1963COREPress release protesting Torrance town curfew to block protests,unsigned LA CORE. July 10 1963
1963CORESo You Are Willing to Be Arrested, LA CORE arrestee form. Undated (probably September 1963)
1963COREDuties of Monitors, protest instructions. Unsigned LA CORE. Undated (probably Fall 1963)
1963COREYes, There IS School Segregation Here flyer. LA CORE. September 19 1963
1963COREFlyer for Fourth Study-In, unsigned CORE. October 24 1963
1963COREDon't Support Job Discrimination, unsigned CORE (later N-VAC) flyer against Wichstand drive-in. December 1963
1964COREChief Parker Resign! flyer opposing police brutality & malpractice. Unsigned CORE. May 5 1964
1964N-VACShall We Vote on Democracy???, unsigned N-VAC. Undated, probably October 1964
1964N-VACExcerpt from Focus on Cambridge by Gloria Richardson. Unsigned N-VAC background info re Prop-14 boycott call. Undated, probably October 1964
1964N-VAC Notes on the History of the Non-Violent Action Committee, Bruce Hartford (N-VAC), November 1964
1965N-VACPolitical Program, unsigned N-VAC. Undated 1965
1965N-VACBoycott, Baby, Boycott: N-VAC 16 Point Program, Unsigned. Undated 1965
1963COREReport on All Night Sit-in at Board of Education, Bruce Hartford, N-VAC/Bruin CORE. November 2 1963
1963LAUSDResponse mailing to protesters, Georgiana Hardy, President BoE. November 7 1963
1963UCRCAct Now! Flyer against school segregation. Unsigned UCRC. Undated (probably 1963)
1963UCRCFlyer against school segregation. Unsigned UCRC. Undated (probably 1963
1964CORESafeway negotiations with CORE, E.A. Saunders, Safeway, press-release by L.A. CORE. January 30 1964
1964CORESafeway Gives in to CORE's Demands, membership bulletin. Unsigned L.A. CORE. February 1 1964
1964UCRCDear Friend mailing re agreement with Ralph's Stores, Earl Walter, UCRC. March 17 1964
1964UCRCDear Friend mailing re negotiations and action against Thriftymart, Earl Walter, UCRC. April 27 1964
1964UCRCBoycott Thriftymart Stores flyer, unsigned UCRC. April 29 1964
1964UCRCDear Friend mailing re shop-ins and protests against Thriftymart Stores, Brookins & Walter, UCRC. July 13 1964

New Letters & Reports From the Field

William Hansen, SNCCArkansas field report 10/23-11/1/62

New Additions to Our Stories

Quenton E. BakerOral-History Interview (Chapel Hill NC)
Tom GaitherOral History Interview (CORE)
Bill Hansen (SNCC)Arkansas SNCC field reports (Arkansas Historical Quarterly)

New Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement

No new articles added this month

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Jean Wiley: A Life Well Lived in a Liberated State of MindDaphne Muse

New Names Added to the Activist Roll Call

No new names added to the Roll Call this month

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

J. Charles Jones
Jean Wiley

Misc.

Language & Acronyms
Freedom Summer course syllabus, Dr. Nicole Burrowes & Dr. La TaSha Levy
  PDF VersionWord Version (editable)

New Additions to Poetry
The Poetry section is one of the most-visited parts of the site.

February 12, 1963 by Jacqueline Woodson

New Additions to the Photo Album Pages:

No new photos added this month

 
New Books, Films, & Videos by Freedom Movement Veterans

BOOKS:

"Troublemaker" Memories of the Freedom Movement, by Bruce Hartford. Westwind Writers, 2019. Personal boots-on-the-ground memoir of four years service in the American Civil Rights Movement, 1963-1967.

Southern White Girl Seeks Social Change: A Twentieth Century Memoir, by Nancy Stoller. Bright Stuff, 2019. A memoir from the dawn of SNCC, women's liberation, and young people who "de-segregated" the US, each body on the line, every eye on the prize.

Acts of Resistance: A Freedom Rider Looks Back on the Civil Rights Movement, by Judith Frieze Wright. Apple Bay Publishing, 2019. A memoir of one person's experience in Mississippi during the early sixties.

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. 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.

FILM & VIDEO:
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 SNCC 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 activists 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 webmaster@crmvet.org.


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