Civil Rights Movement Veterans

What's New & Announcements
on our Website for May 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 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.

Announcements

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.

Cold case restorative justice: I need help with one of the most important cases in the career of my late father, Attorney C.B. King of Albany GA, about a little Black girl who never received justice. Please view my 63- minute documentary film entitled "Fair Game: Surviving A 1960 Georgia Lynching". It's about a Black New Jersey mother, who, five years after Emmett Till, moved heaven and earth to rescue her son from a Southwest Georgia town notorious for lynching: Blakely, Georgia in Early County. After viewing, please SHARE IT WIDELY with your friends, associates and family, and consider writing Georgia's Governor to reopen the murder case of the 8-year-old Black girl that Mr. Fair was falsely convicted of killing: Yvonne Armelia Holmes of Blakely. Please copy and paste from this Draft Letter. Then email it to Governor Kemp's Legislative Liaison and Policy Advisor, Mr. Nick Buford, at nick.buford@georgia.gov. Thank you.
Clennon L. King
Documentary Filmmaker
clennon@augustinemonica.com
AugustineMonica Films | Boston

Jamil Al-Amin aka H. Rap Brown, SNCC Chairman in 1967-8, is in a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, serving his sentence for allegedly shooting a county sheriff's deputy in Georgia. The person who shot the sheriff's deputy confessed twice, but Jamil has been denied a new trial. He is 75 and in bad health with cancer. He has not been allowed to see a physician for two months. Please contact the DoJ and request for Jamil:

  1. immediate medical treatment;
  2. compassionate reassignment to a federal prison in North Carolina or South Carolina, where proper medical treatment is available.

Address comments to:

Hugh J. Hurwitz, Acting Director,
U. S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Email: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.
T: 202-514-2000

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

Mark Denbeaux - NAACP, 1964-65, Alabama

New Tributes & Memories added to In Memory

Unita Blackwell
Teresa Burroughs
Barbara Johns
Jeanette King
Suzanne Maxson

New Movement Documents

1963Action Memo on Americus Georgia, unsigned SNCC. (Undated, probably October 1963)
1964HREC Income and Expenses, Unsigned HREC. August 31, 1964
1964Position Paper: Reasons for the rejection of the Compromise at Atlantic City, Unsigned MFDP. September 20, 1964
1964A Response to the 13th and 14th Bombings in McComb, Mississippi, Unsigned SNCC. September 21, 1964
1964Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Meeting Held in Jackson, Unsigned MFDP. September 26, 1964
1964Appendix B "How Mississippi Democrats Fared", Unsigned MFDP. October 1964
1964Statistics of Negro and White Voter Registration in the Five Congressional Districts of Mississippi (printed version), Unsigned MFDP. October 1964
1964MFDP summary of events, Unsigned MFDP. October 1964
1964Freedom Democratic Party Vote Results, Unsigned MFDP. October 1964
1965Why People Become Corrupt, Barbara Brandt. SNCC. March 28, 1965
1965MFDP Federal lawsuit about voting rights, MFDP Legal Team. May 1965
1965Highlander Center Board of Directors, Unsigned HREC. May 13, 1965
1965Summary of Activities, Unsigned HREC. April 15, 1964-May 15, 1965
1965State-Wide Meeting of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Peggy J. Connor. MFDP. May 16, 1965
1965What you can do to Help the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Unsigned MFDP. May 17, 1965
1965Statement by Martin Luther King, SCLC. May 17, 1965
1965Statement by John Lewis, SNCC. May 17, 1965
1965Letter about MFDP press conference, Lawrence Guyot. MFDP. May 24, 1965
1965CORE memo: Field Fellowship Program, Dave Dennis. CORE. May 25, 1965
1965SNCC memo to friends re Washington Lobby, Unsigned SNCC. May 27, 1965
1965Letter to friends of SNCC re MFDP challenge to Congress, Margaret Lauren. SNCC. May 27, 1965
1965Letter to all project directors re mail tampering, Jan Goodman. MFDP. May 29, 1965
1966MFDP County Reports, Unsigned MFDP. January20, 1966-February 5, 1966
1966Why we are here at the Greenville Air Force Base, Unsigned MFDP. February 6, 1966
1966Sunflower County: A Call to Action, Unsigned MFDP. March 11, 1966
1966MFDP County Reports, Multiple MFDP authors. March 22, 1966
1968SNCC Calendar (fundraising item)
1969Manifesto, James Forman, Black National Economic Development Conference. April 26 1969

Press Releases
6/27/64MFDPSeven CA Congressmen support MFDP Resolution
8/14/64SNCCSNCC Press Releases
SNCC Film "We'll Never Turn Back" is Released
Atlanta Project Aids Striking Car Wash Workers
8/25/64MFDPDemocratic convention fight to seat MFDP
8/29/64SNCCMississippi Summer Project Ends: Mississippi Freedom Drive Begins
10/14/64SNCCNegroes Refused Place on Ballot
10/30/64MFDPTelegram to Democratic chairman protesting campaign intimidation
12/3/64SNCCRequest to suspend poverty fund award
12/5/64SNCCDiscrimination Charged as Negroes Win Mississippi Farming Elections
12/10/64SNCCASCS election outcomes to be contested
12/10/64SNCCDA in civil rigthts murder case is White Citizens Council member
12/11/64SNCCSNCC asks GSA to suspend contract with Scripto pen due to job discrimination.

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter re funding MS community centers 8/24/64Kaufman, Levine & Lodge, ACSW
Letter re race relations and financial threat to Amzie Moore (MS) 9/30/64Richard Hasbrouck
Letter to James and Rob about Highlander's education (TN) 5/17/65Lucy, HREC
Letter to Dick Jewett about Field Fellowship program (MS) 5/25/1965David Dennis, CORE
Letter to Amzie, re materials (TN) 3/21/67C. Conrad Browne, HREC
Letter to Amzie Moore, re proposal (MS) 3/22/67Kenneth Wagner, MRDC
Letter to Amzie, re political training session (MS) 3/23/67Mrs. Kenneth Montgomery
Letter to Amzie, re political campaign program (MS) 3/24/67Mrs. Kenneth Montgomery
Letter to Amzie, re health (MS) 8/1/67Maurice McCrackin, OFC
Letter to Charles McLaurin re financial situation(MS) 8/15/67Maurice McCrackin, OFC
Letter to Amzie re McLaurin re McLaurin's financial situation (MS) 8/15/67Maurice McCrackin, OFC
Letter to Amzie, re programs (MS) 8/23/67Maurice McCrackin, OFC
Letter to Amzie Moore, re Citizens' Rights Complaint Center (MS) 8/30/67Edgar Cahn

New Additions to Our Stories

Bruce Payne (SNCC)Interview by Joe Sinsheimer, re Freedom Vote campaign. (MS), 1983
Cleveland Sellers (SNCC)Interview by Joe Sinsheimer, re civil rights activism. (MS), 1985
Mattie Pilcher (SNCC)Interview by Joe Sinsheimer, re race relations. (MS), 1963

Affadavits of Police Brutality & Violence
1964Affadavit of Richard Se. Sternberger, re police repression at voter registration, McComb MS. October 26 1964
1964Affadavit of Donald Blanchette, re police repression at voter registration, McComb MS. October 27 1964
1964Affadavit of Joe Martin, re police repression at voter registration, McComb MS. October 27 1964
1964Affadavit of Marshall Ganz, re police repression at voter registration, McComb MS. October 27 1964

New Additions to Our Thoughts

You Are Your Ancestor's Wildest Dreams!Daphne Muse

New Additions to Our Discussions

"Allies," a Discussion

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

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 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.

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 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 webmaster@crmvet.org.


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