Civil Rights Movement Veterans

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

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Ever since Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement established this CRMVet website in late 1999, it has been funded by personal donations from Freedom Movement veterans and individual supporters. We carry on this work without any foundation grants or high-donor contributions. The only institutional support we receive is from Tougaloo College in Jackson MS who provide the web server on which the site runs. They will assume responsibility for the site when we can no longer continue. So if you find our CRMVet site useful and worthy, we ask for your donation to keep it growing. Thank you for anything you are able to contribute.

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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.


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 Names Added to the Veterans Roll Call

No new names added to the Roll Call this month

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

No new memories or tributes added this month

New Additions to Our Stories

Anne Pearl AveryOral History Interview (SNCC)
C.C. BryantPanel Discussion, with Bob Moses re McComb MS. (1986)
Hamilton & UlmerInterview re St. Augustine Movement
Frank Smith (SNCC)Interview, re Freedom Movement, 1986

New Movement Documents

1949Enforcement of the 14th Amendment, Laurent Frantz, Lawyers Guild Review, July 1949
1959With Liberty and Justice For All: Report on education segregation, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
1959With Liberty and Justice For All: Report on voting rights, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
1960All Baton Rougeans Have a Stack in Baton Rouge, Unsigned, FOA. 1960
1960SNCC Statement to the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee, Unsigned, SNCC. July 7, 1960
62? 63?We Believe statement, Annell Ponder (SCLC), Sam Block (SNCC), Andrew Jordan (NAACP), Dave Dennis (CORE). Undated, possibly 1962 or 1963
1962A Report on Student Nonviolent Activities in Southern Illinois, unsigned SNFC/SNCC report. September 29 1962
1963Excerpts from Eleven Americus Affidavits, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated
1964The Fifth Anniversary of the Greensboro, North Carolina Sit-Ins, Mike Miller, SNCC. January 31, 1964
1965Equal Opportunity Commission complaint form, Unsigned, CORE. 1965
1965On the Question of a Third Party, Mike Lesser, CORE. May 1965
1965Questions for Greenwood Acres Unsigned, CORE flyer. July 8, 1965
1965The 2nd Greenwood Acres Community Meeting. Unsigned, CORE flyer. July 15, 1965
1965Minden Freedom Rally. Unsigned, CORE flyer. August 11, 1965
1966The Natchez Agreement, Unsigned article in The Crisis, NAACP. January 1966
1967The Organizer's Library, SCEF.
Getting and Keeping People Together, Alan McSurely
Hang-Ups: Common Problems of People Who Organize ..., Alan McSurely
Common Group Problems, Alan McSurely
How to Negotiate, Alan McSurely
How to Put Out Community News, Alan McSurely
The Care and Feeding of Power Structures Revisited, Jack Minnis
Lowndes County Freedom Organization, Jack Minnis
Southern Patriot, SCEF
1966June 1966, Farm Workers Strike (Rio Grande Valley), Meredith March, SNCC Seeking New Workers
1966August 1966, A Chance for Power in Fayette Election (TN), Which Way in Grenada (MS), North Nashville Project Begins Work
1966October 1966, Atlanta Report: Slums Cause Outbreak, Protests Halt Strip Mining, What They're Saying in Lowndes County

Mississippi Free Press
January 25, 1964, Canton Negroes Unite to Protest Unequal Treatment, Negro Rec Center Denounced
February 1, 1964, Poll Tax Outlawed, 300 demand ballot rights in Hattiesburg, Arrests Don't Stop Canton
February 8, 1964, Three Students Shot, KKK cross-burnings, Army Official Denies Segregation
February 2, 1964, Whites shoot negro in Liberty, Canton police beat youths, 360,000 Boycott Schools in NYC, White jury in Beckwith trial.
February 22, 1964, No conviction in Louis Allen murder, Opposition to Civil Rights Bill, Book: the Negro in Mississippi History.
February 29, 1964, Evers: "We'll Protect Ourselves," Freedom Day in Canton, Nixon Warns Against Negroes, Rust Students Attend Ole Miss Lecture
March 3, 1964, Civil Rights Bill filibuster, Pres. Johnson on Civil Rights, 350 show up to register only 5 permitted, Can Trial by Jury Render Justice...
March 14, 1964, Senate battles Civil Rights bill, Canton Students Boycott, Natchez Man Might Be KKK Lynch Victim
March 3, 1964, Anti-boycott letters sent to whites, NAACP wins integration injunction in court
March 28, 1964, Hospital Segregation Challenged; 2 Negroes Run for Congress, Should Negro History be Taught in School?
March 4, 1964, Anti-Civil Right Ad Attacked, Mississippi Freedom Summer announced by CORE and SNCC, NAACP defense brilliant in court
March 11, 1964, Negroes run for office, Medgar assassin re-trial, Diary of Greenwood, Voting barriers
April 18, 1964, Victoria Gray challenged Sen. Stennis, More on voting barriers, Negroe history ignored

Arkansas Voice, July 16, 1965. Protests in Forest City, Police brutality in Pine Bluff

Press Releases

7/18/62SNCCCNAC Head Answers Kennedy Criticism
7/23/62SNCCCambridge Movement Wins
8/23/62SNCCDemonstrators picket in Cairo, Illinois
9/27/62SNCCCairo, Illinois Police Use Tear Gas
7/9/63SNCCCNAC Demonstrations Resume in Cambridge MD against civil rights referendum
7/11/63SNCCCNAC pickets restaurant in Cambridge MD, after arrests
9/24/63SNCCArmericus Georgia
4/30/64SNCCNegro Candidate Scores Segregated Medical Care
5/15/64SNCCJohn Lewis statement: Passage of Genocide Bill in Mississippi
4/10/67SNCCBlack Students in Nashville Victims of Police Set-Up
6/1/67SNCCBlack Liberation Center Bombing, Newark, NJ

WATS Reports

Louisiana CORE July 5-July 11, 1965

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to Vincent De Forrest re architects for community centers (MS) 11/14/64Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Charles Cogen re adoption appeal (MS) 11/14/64Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Lois Chaffee re pamphlet about nursery school (MS) 11/16/64Myra Woodruff, USNY
Letter to Richard Haley re Madison County Farmer's League (MS) 11/20/64George Raymond Jr., CORE

New Additions to Our Thoughts

No new commentaries 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:

Mississippi: Into the Storm
March on Washington
Freedom Movement Posters

New Books, Films, & Videos by Freedom Movement Veterans


"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.

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 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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