Announcements & What's New
on the CRMVet Website for September 2018

According to Google, 12,524 people visited the website during September for an average of 417 per day. On school days, the number of visitors ranged from 300 to 600 per day. Roughly 21% of our visitors came from outside the U.S.

As usual, the number of visitors to our site began to rise in September from the summer doldrums when school was not in session. However, compared to a year ago our traffic is down by about 25%. Rougly a third of those who visited us in September arrived onsite by clicking a bookmark they had previously saved. Half of all our traffic came to us through a web search (overwhelmingly Google). Google favors websites backed by large institutions and corporations. If you do a Google search for "Civil Rights Movement," the top three results are (Hearst-Disney), Wikipedia, and Encyclopedia Brittanica. We don't show up until the second page (sigh).

Request: How Google ranks their search results is a closely guarded secret, but everyone agrees that how many other people and websites link to us is an important factor. So if you have a website, blog, Facebook pages, and so on, please consider adding a link to the CRMVet website ( or to some of our specific pages and sections. If you use social media, please consider sharing stories and pages you find on CRMVet with your followers and friends. And don't forget to bookmark your favorite CRMVet pages and share those bookmarks through email and social media. Thanks.

 — Bruce Hartford, Webspinner.

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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 donations from Freedom Movement veterans and individual supporters. We carry on this work without foundation grants or high-donor contributions. The only institutional support we receive is from Tougaloo College who provides 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.


Reunion, Conference, & Other Announcements


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.


New Names Added to the Veterans Roll Call

Paul Lauter - SNCC, AFSC, 1964-65, MS


New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

No new memories or tributes added this month


New Movement Documents

1963-65Map of central Selma Alabama
1964Letter to Lois Chaffee of COFO re federal response to Senator Frank Church, October 14 1964
1964Letter to Lois Chaffee re northern support (MS). James Bolton (SNCC), October 14 1964
1964Letter to Amzie Moore re help for community center (MS) 10/20/64 Cya (?)
1964ASCS Committee elections, Jane Adams, COFO Federal Programs, Mr. Sullivan (ASCS). October 27 1964
1964Memo on P.E.P. rallies, Jane Adams, COFO Federal Programs. October 27 1964
1964List of subjects for teaching, Unsigned, CORE. October 27 1964
1964Clarke County Freedom Gazette (MS), Results of the ASCS Elections, CORE. 12/7/64
1964Minutes of Jackson COFO staff meeting, Jesse Morris, COFO. November 23 1964
1965Suggested Readings, Mike Lesser, CORE. 1965
1965An Overview of the Reading Process, Mike Lesser, CORE. 1965
1965Selma song lyrics, (collected by Bruce Hartford). March 1965
1965Civil Rights Under Federal Programs - An Analysis of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Unsigned, USCCR. January 1965
1965Citizen, Unsigned, Madison County Movement. January 22 1965
1965Citizen, C.O. Chinn Jr. (Ed.), Madison County Movement. February 1965
1965Equal Oportunity in Farm Programs, Unsigned, USCCR. March 1965
1965Proposal for action for visit by newspaper editors, Bruce Hartford, SCLC. Undated 1965 (possibly May or early June)
1965Selma Alabama: Report on picket team arrests, Bruce Hartford, SCLC. May 22 1965
1965Selma Alabama: Operation Plan for picketing, Bruce Hartford, SCLC. May 22 1965
1965Selma Alabama: Proposed Action for Friday-Saturday, Bruce Hartford, SCLC. May 28-29, 1965
1965Selma Alabama: Demonstration Plan Bruce Hartford, SCLC. June 4-5 1965
1966?Building a New Mississippi, Freedom Now Brick Co. Undated (possibly 1966)
1966SNCC interests and competences form, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated (probably 1966)
1966Folks Need Each Other, Mike Miller, SNCC. Undated (probably 1966)
1966Freedom is a Constant Struggle: A history of Negroes in America, Freedom Information Service (FIS). March 1966
1967?Why Student Voice?, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated (possibly 1967)

Press Releases

8/2/63SNCCSNCC press releases
5 Jailed in Clarksdale Sit-In; NAACP Head Made to Haul Garbage
Bail Reaches $40,00 in Delta Vote Cases
8/8/63SNCCBallots Filed By Negro Citizens Declared Invalid in Mississippi; 3 Field Secy's Arrested in Rulevile
8/20/63SNCC Mississippi Rights Fighters Lose Jobs; 45 Out Of Bond in Ita Bena
9/16/63SNCC SNCC press releases
SNCC Worker Conviction Upheld in Mississippi; Gets 90 days and $100 Fine
Negro Runs for Mayor of Albany, Georgia
10/63SNCC Danville Halts Trial Transfers
10/8/63SNCC Two Beaten, Three Jailed as Selma Negroes Try to Register to Vote
10/2/63SNCC Federal Court Rejects Plea From Mississippi Negroes
10/7/63SNCC COFO Maps Vote Fight: Henry "Runs" For Governor
3/23/65SCLC SCLC Meeting for Future Action in Selma (AL), 3/23/65


New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to Richard Haley (Canton MS) 10/15/64Mary Ann Shupenko, CORE
First District Report (MS) 11/64Unsigned, COFO
Report on the situation in Gulfport (MS) 11/64Chuck McKeller, SNCC
Report from Nick Hampton (MS) 11/64Nick Hampton, SNCC
Report on Leake County (MS) 11/64Theodis Hewitt, COFO
Third District Report (MS) 11/64Jesse Harris, COFO
Information on Valley View (MS) 11/64Phil Sharp, COFO
Weekly Report from Moss Point-Pascagoula (MS) 11/21/64Mary Ellickson, Rufus Mosley, COFO
Letter to Richard Haley re New Orleans meeting 1/25/65JoAnn Ooiman, CORE
Canton Project Report (MS) 2/65Sandra Watts, CORE
Dear Lynn & co (Selma AL) 5/23/65Bruce Hartford, SCLC
Letter to LBJ from a worried mother (re AL 1965) and Reply by John DoarClaire Hartford, parent
Letter to Beverly Lee re offices of Crown Zellbach (LA) 9/30/65 Maxine Skurka, CORE
Dear West Family (of Selma AL), 10/3/65Bruce Hartford, SCLC
Letter to Maxine Skurka re offices of Crown Zellbach (LA) 10/5/65 Dodie Smith, CORE
Letters & Reports From Southwest Georgia
8/1/65Dennis RobertsLetter to Phil re demonstrations in Americus
8/14/65Dennis RobertsLetter to Phil, re action to protect demonstrators
9/12/65Dennis RobertsLetter to Phil, re offer to be the director of research center
9/19/65Dennis RobertsLetter to Phil, re last newsletter


New Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement

No new articles added this month


New Articles Added to Freedom Movement History

No new history articles added this month.


New Additions to Our Stories

C.C. Bryant (NAACP)Interview by Joe Sinsheimer re McComb, MS
Stokely Carmichael (SNCC)Interview by Robert Penn Warren, 1964
Dr. Lester Coles & Barney FrankInterview by Joe Sinsheimer re Fredom Summer MS
Rev. Aaron JohnsonInterviewd by Joe Sinsheimer re Greenwood, 1985
Laurance GuyotInterview by Joe Sinsheimer re SNCC & MS movement
Gloria Logsdon (NAACP)Summary of interview by Dr. Edith M. Freeman. 2014. (MO)
James MooreInterviewd by Joe Sinsheimer re Greenwood, 1985
Hollis WatkinsInterview for Eyes on the Prize (MS)


New Additions to Our Thoughts

SNCC Should Have Won/Win a Nobel Peace PrizeDaphne Muse


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:

Before I'll Be a Slave...
Charlotta Janssen's Movement Art

New Books, Films, & Videos by Freedom Movement Veterans


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.


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.

Brother Hollis: The Sankofa of a Movement Man, by Hollis Watkins. Sankofa Publishing, 2016. Personal memoir of a long-term SNCC organizer from Mississippi.

The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North, by Mary Lou Finley. University Press of Kentucky, 2016. An alternative assessment of the Chicago Freedom Movement by an activist that examines aspects beyond just the open housing anti-slum protests.

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.

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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