Civil Rights Movement Veterans

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

According to Google, 9,694 people visited the website during August for an average of 312 per day. This low August number reflects our traditional summer-doldrums when most U.S. schools are out of session. Roughly 25% 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 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.


Ever spend time in jail with Lawrence or Monica Guyot? If so, I'd love to hear about it! Please send your contact information and availability to either or (202) 389-8867, and I will connect with you at your convenience. With your permission, I'll record the memory as spoken. No typing required. PLEASE help me complete the stories my parents shared with me when they were still among us. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you so much!
Julie Guyot-Diangone
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

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

Salynn McCullom

New Movement Documents

1961This Mother is Proud Her Daughter is in Jail, letter to the editor from the mother of a Freedom Rider
1962Letter to Len Holt re appeal for Brenda Travis, Charles McDew, James Forman, SNCC. March 27, 1962
1962Mississippi: Lack of Counsel for Negroes in General, Unsigned letter. March 27, 1962
1962Letter to Chuck McDew from Len Holt re: Freeing Brenda Travis, April 2 1962.
1962Memorandum on Situation in Mississippi, Unsigned, SCEF. April 8, 1962
????Easy & hard sections of Mississippi Constitution, unsigned, (probably used in voter-education or to illustrate unfairness of "literacy" test). Undated (1962-1964)
1963Appeal by Sumter County Movement of Americus GA, John L. Barnum, Jr. August 8 1963
1963Appeal for bail money and support, Americus GA. Joyce Barett. SNCC. September 16 1963
1964Block leader training, Unsigned, Delta Ministry (DM). Undated, (possibly early 1964)
1964Notes to Oncoming Ministers, Unsigned, Delta Ministry (DM). Undated, (probably early 1964)
1964How To Practice Nonviolence, Unsigned, Delta Ministries. Undated, (possibly January 1964)
1964Why We Take Part In Direct Action for Civil Rights, Unsigned, Delta Ministries. January 1964
1964Mississippi affadavit form, Unsigned, Forrest County. 1964
1964Given Them A Future in Leflore County, MS (Freedom Day flyer) SNCC. March 25, possibly 1964
1964Give them a future in Mississippi, Leflore Co. MS. (Freedom Day flyer) March 25,possibly 1964
1964One man one vote meeting, Leflore Co. MS. (Freedom Day flyer) Unsigned,1964
1964Memo to Elsie Smith & note to the Bradens, Margaret Lauren, SCEF, Betty Garman SNCC. Undated (possibly 1964)
1964Southern Colleges Campus Program, unsigned SNCC. Undated (probably 1964)
1964Film: A Dream Deferred, SNCC promotional material. Harvey Richards. 1964
1964Southern Campus Travel report, unsigned, SNCC. Undated (possibly 1964)
1964The Liberals' Big Stick, Ready for SNCC?, SNCC reprint of Cavalier reprint of article by Jack Newfield, June 1965
64? 65?Listing of SNCC files, unsigned SNCC. Undated (possibly 1964 or 1965)
64? 65?ARA Can Help You, Guyot & Ponder, SNCC/COFO. Undated
64? 65?The Farmers Home Administration, Guyot & Ponder, SNCC/COFO. Undated
1965Civil Rights Under Federal Programs - An Analysis of Title VI
1965SCLC Annual Report Martin Luther King, SCLC. August 11 1965
1966Coahoma County Progressive Vothers League letter about elections, R.L. Drew. CCPVL. May 19, 1966
1966Letter about Mississippi voting, Edwin King, MFDP. June 1, 1966
1966Statement & call to action about police murders, September 11 1966, Unsigned, National Conference of Peace Groups and SNCC
1966What's the Matter with Black Power, Rev Donald Szantho Harrington, SNCC. October 2, 1966
1966Letter to Amzie Moore re law students, Ronald Pollack, LSCRRC. October 9, 1966
1966Black Power and the Disrobing of White Liberality, John J Waggy. Dist. by SNCC. October 23, 1966
1967Hang-Ups: Common Problems of People Who Organize Other People Into Communities, Alan McSurely, SCEF. 1967
1967Memo: Placement of Law Students, Marian Wright, NAACP Inc. Fund. June 3 1967
1967Mound Bayou stock subscription agreement, Amzie Moore, NAACP. June 13 1967
1967?Black People's Convention flyer, Unsigned, SNCC. September 9 1967?
1962Mississippi Free Press September 8, 1962, "Right to Work" announced by governor, Intimidation in Ruleville, History of Clyde Kennard
1962Mississippi Free Press November 3, 1962, Government promised to admit Meredith, Union organizer risks intimidation
1962Mississippi Free Press November 10, 1962, Government investigaes illegal job discrimination, Discrimination forbidden in companies with federal contracts
1962Mississippi Free Press November 17, 1962, Bills endorsed by MS governor fail, Surplus food program stripped to deny voter registration
1962Mississippi Free Press November 24, 1962, MS Union Leader Attacks Hate Group, Legislature considers reapportionment
1964Vicksburg Citizens' Appeal, October 17 1964 (last page missing)
1964Vicksburg Citizens' Appeal, November 11 1964 (last 3 pages missing)
1966Southern Patriot, November 1966, Attack on Highlander Ctr, draft protest, Lawrence Guyot, white supremacy, more ...(one page missing)
1967Southern Patriot April, 1967, Wansley death penalty case, SSOC/SCEF antiwar protesters arrested, open housing, more...
1967Southern Patriot December, 1967, TX SNCC students charged with murder, election gains, Prince Edward Co. VA, more ...
1968Southern Patriot January, 1968, Grambling college revolt, Laurel strike broken, free KY coal miners, more ...
1968Southern Patriot December, 1968, Whites in MS, AL strike, independent politics in VA, more ...(last page mssing)

Press Releases
8/22/63COREField Director Faces Death Penalty in Americus GA
10/2/63LocalNews release re white violence & voter registration, Fayette Co. TN

New Letters & Reports From the Field

Letter to Edith Black re Committee on Concern (MS) 11/13/64Unsigned, COFO
Letter to Neil Goldachmidt re fund-raising attempts (MS) 11/13/64Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Albert Sayer re check received (MS) 11/13/64Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Barbara Schwarzbaum re Lilly leaving COFO (MS) 11/13/64Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Staughton Lynd re paintings about Freedom Schools (MS) 11/13/64Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to George Albertz re Greenwood (MS) 11/13/64Lois Chaffee, COFO
Letter to Annie Devine re staff conference (MS) 11/13/64Richard Halley, CORE

New Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement

1958Interview: Paul Robeson, Pacifica radio. Re racism, political activism & repression

New Additions to Our Stories

1963James Garrett: An 'I Was There Moment', March on Washington, 8/28/63
1963Affidavit of Thomas McGrady Witness, Americus GA. 9/10/63
1963Affidavit of Lena Turner Arrest, Americus GA. 9/10/63
1963Affidavit of Lena Turner Witness , Americus GA. 9/10/63

New Additions to Our Thoughts

Statement by SLP on the racist assaults against Latinx people SNCC Legacy Project
From Protest to PowerMike Miller

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:

No new photos added this month

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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