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

According to Google, 7610 people visited the website during August for an average of 245 per day. This low number for August reflects our traditional summer-doldrums when most U.S. schools are out of session. Roughly 77% of our visitors came from outside the U.S.

 — 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.

One Person, One Vote. SNCC Legacy Project & Duke University. Chronicles SNCC's role in the historic struggles for voting rights and develops ongoing programs that contribute to a more civil and inclusive democracy in the 21st century.

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

  1. September 30 — Freedom Movement Story Telling, Berkeley, CA

  2. Freedom Summer veterans who are interested in traveling to Mississippi for a few days this Fall to canvass for 2018 Democratic Party candidates in the communities where they worked back in the day should get in touch with Jim Kates at:

  3. 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.


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

Mary Ellickson - COFO 1964 MS
Dan Stefanich - SCLC/SCOPE 1965 AL


New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

William Porter, SNCC
Wally Roberts, volunteer


New Movement Documents

1962SNCC's letter about the Spring Conference, Charles McDew, SNCC. 5/14/62
1963?Over 70 Arrested, Protestors Pack Jail, Unsigned, CNAC. Undated (probably 1963)
1964Prospectus For a Nation-Wide High School SNCC Conference, Lyn Wells, SNCC. Undated (probably 1964)
1964Affadavit of Judy Richardson, Heart of Atlanta Motel, 1964
1964Mississippi State Bill attempt to stop Freedom Schools, Unsigned, SNCC. June 1964
1964Letter to Amzie Moore re Anne visit to Cleveland (OH) 9/16/64, Carl Braden, NAACP
1964Letter to Norma Becker re tax-free giving (MS) 9/21/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to Lois Chaffee re Clarksdale community center (MS) 9/23/64, Idessa Johnson, COFO
1964Letter to Northern Student Movement re materials for Freedom Schools (MS) 9/23/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to Idessa Johnson re salaries (MS) 9/24/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to Virginia Steele re coming to Batesville (MS) 9/24/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to George Alberts re Community Playthings donation (MS) 9/24/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to Rogre Barkley re prison camps (GA) 9/24/64, Betty Garman, SNCC
1964Freedom Registration, Unsigned, COFO. September 26 1964
1964Memo to Friends of SNCC, Betty Garman, SNCC. September 28 1964
1964Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting, Unsigned, MIA. October 5 1964
1964Letter to Lois Chaffee re medical help in Mississippi (MS) 10/7/64, Fay Stender, COFO
1964Letter to Lois Chaffee re student activism in Eugene (OR) 10/7/64, Unsigned, COFO
1964Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Senzibar re architects to help plan centers (MS) 10/11/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to Frank Manuel and A.H. Maslow re northern support (MS) 10/11/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to John Else re northern support (MS) 10/13/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to Marvin Rich re architects to help plan centers (MS), Lois Chaffee, COFO
1964Letter to J.E.H. Bolton re northern support (MS) 10/13/64, Lois Chaffee, COFO
1965?Greene County, Alabama, Statiscal Profile #2, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated (probably 1965)
1966Fact Sheet: Background on poor peoples' use of Greenville AFB, Unsigned, Delta Ministry. 1966
1966?The Real Demands, Unsigned, AAAWV. Undated (possibly 1966)
1966?How Long Can the U.S. Government Be Hypocritical Liars?, Unsigned, CORE. Undated (possibly 1966)
1966Grenada MS organizer's canvasing map (showing Afro-American streets)
1968SNCC lawsuit against the U.S. government, Unsigned, SNCC. 1968
Press Releases
63?CNACCambridge Direct Action (Sit-in arrests)
6/21/63SNCCDirect Action Begins in Clarksdale
6/25/63SNCCSNCC press releases
SNCC Asks Sanders to Protect Six in Albany Church
10 Jailed in Greenwood, 5 Shot Near Canton, Miss
7/8/63SNCCFolk Artists, Local Citizens Attend SNCC Folk Festival in Mississippi
7/9/63SNCCJustice Departament Sues to Release Negroes Imprisoned After Vote Meeting
7/9/63SNCCSix Students Arrested in Greenville, Mississippi
7/16/63SNCC SNCC press releases
NAACP Miss. Youths Picket Barnett
New Freedom Uniform in Albany
7/30/63SNCC56 Arrested Trying to Present Clarksdale Petition
7/30/63SNCCSNCC Chairman Makes Appeal For 68 in Parchman State Penitenciary
8/6/63SNCCDelta Negroes To Make Vote Attempts in August 6 Democratic Primary
12/5/64SNCCU.S. Govt. Gives $1,500,000 to Mississippi

WATS Reports

September 30, 1964
October 1, 1964
SNCC October 2, 1964
October 3, 1964
October 4, 1964


New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to Joffre re negative for prints (MS) 9/22/64 Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Lois Chaffee re recruiting teachers (MS) 9/24/64 Sandra Adickes, UFT
Letter to Lois Chaffee re need of support (MS) 9/24/64 Mary Sue, COFO
Letter to Lorne Cress re returning to Hattiesburg (MS) 9/24/64 Lois Chaffee, COFO
Brief Report on Guinea 9/24/64 Unsigned, SNCC


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

Emma AllenOral History interviewed by Joe Sinsheimer (Greenwood, MS)
Sam BlockOral History interviewed by Joe Sinsheimer (Greenwood, MS)
Wazir PeacockOral History interviewed by Joe Sinsheimer (MS)
Bayard RustinInterview by Robert Penn Warren
Ralph TylerRick Harper in Greene County, Alabama 1966


New Additions to Our Thoughts

Letter to My Adolescent SonJean Wiley
Southern White Activists on Why They Joined the MovementMultiple authors


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:

March on Washington
Freedom Summer
March to Montgomery
Before I'll Be a Slave...
Poor Peoples Campaign & I Am a Man

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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