CRMVet Website Annual Report, the Year 2017
As of January 1, 2018

Website Traffic

According to Google there were 300,187 visits to the site in 2017. A "visit" is someone coming to the site and viewing one or more pages. If someone comes a second time, that's counted as a second visit. Roughly 86% of our visitors came from the U.S, with 14% from other nations. Not surprisingly, most of the foreign visitors come from English-language nations, but we get some visitors from just about everywhere.

[Annual visits graph] Annual number of visits, last six years.
2011: 332,559
2012: 348,990
2013: 419,716
2014: 355,153
2015: 445,951
2016: 355,015
2017: 300,931

We first launched our site 18 years ago in 2000. The number of visitors grew steadily until around 2013. But as you can see from the graph above, our growth since then has leveled off and begun to decline. One likely reason is that the site was originally intended for use by Movement veterans themselves, but the inevitable realities of age are now taking their toll and our numbers are dwindling. Students now form the bulk of our users and for them web traffic is increasingly being driven by social media where we are not active.

Still, for a volunteer-run, non-commercial, research-oriented, educational website with nothing for sale and absolutely no promotion budget or any kind of foundation or corporate funding, a range of 300,000 to 450,000 visits per year is nothing to sneeze at.

As you can see from the our month-by-month graph below, our traffic rises and falls with the school calendar as grade school and college students use the site for homework, reports, research, and so on. When school is in session, the number of visits each day to the site generally ranges from 750 to 2000 (compared to 400-1500 when school is not in session). Our busiest months are usually January (MLK Day) and February (Black History Month).

[Monthly visits graph]


Financial Report

Starting in the middle of 2016, we added a so that those who found the site valuable could help support it. We've used its small income for technical enhancements and some part-time data-entry help since we can no longer carry that load entirely on our own. The financial report below covers such donations but does not include the larger out-of-pocket and in-kind expenses that we cover ourselves.

CRMVET Financial Report 2017
Amount Total
Donations $7,167
Lit/Book Sales $370
Total Income $7,537
Copying $12
Data Entry $1,193
Email Service $385
Misc $103
Printing $813
Scanning $181
Taxes $476
Transcriptions $640
Travel $1,395
Total Expenses: $5,198
Income: $7,537
Expenses: $5,198
Total: $2,339


Website Content

In terms of content, 2017 was very good year for website. The number of stories, letters and documents continued to significantly increase. We now provide close to 4300 searchable documents, letters, articles, etc, (excluding photos and images).

Some Rough Content Counts:

641  Veterans listed on our Roll Call (names, testimony, & contact info of Movement veterans)
263  History & Timeline Articles
423  Original articles & speeches by Movement activists
363  Stories, narratives, & oral histories by Movement activists
2827  Original Freedom Movement documents
372  Original letters & reports from the field
1552  Movement photos & art
227  Commentaries by Movement veterans
48  Transcribed discussions of Movement veterans
195  Movement-Related Poems
621   Freedom Movement books listed in the Bibliography
1291  Web Links, to other Movement websites & pages

Most Visited Sections:

1. Poems of the Freedom Movement*
2. Our Words: Articles & Speeches From the Southern Freedom Movement
3. History & Timeline of the Southern Freedom Movement
4. Photo Album: Images of a Peoples Movement
5. Southern Freedom Movement Documents
6. Southern Freedom Movement Veterans Roll Call
7. Our Stories
8. Frequently Asked Questions About the Civil Rights Movement
9. Freedom Rides and Riders
10. In Our Memories They Live Forever
* From the traffic stats it appears that people are using our site to find social justice related poems by famous Afro-American poets like Langston Hughes, Paul Dunbar, Frances Harper, Sojourner Truth, and others.

Most Read History & Timeline Pages:

1. The Year 1961 — (Freedom Rides, Albany Movement, McComb MS, Baton Rouge, etc)
2. The Year 1960 — (Student Sit-ins, SNCC Founded, New Orleans Schools, etc)
3. 1963: January-June — (Birmingham, Greenwood, North Carolina, Medgar Evers, etc)
4. The Year 1954 — (Brown v Board of Education & Massive Resistance, etc)
5. 1963: July-December — (March on Washington, St. Augustine, etc)
6. The Year 1955 — (Montgomery Bus Boycott, Emmett Till, Baltimore Sit-Ins, etc)
7. 1965: Selma & the March to Montgomery
8. 1964: Mississippi Freedom Summer Events
9. The Year 1962 — (Greenwood, Meredith at 'Ol Miss, Jackson, etc)
10. 1964: January-June — (Civil Rights Act, St. Augustine, Hattiesburg, etc)

Most Viewed Photo Album Pages:

1. The Sit-Ins — Off Campus and Into Movement
2. The Freedom Rides
3. The Children's Crusade Birmingham — 1963
4. They Say That Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
5. Young People Lead the Way
6. Mississippi Freedom Summer — 1964
7. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Hold on! Hold on!
8. We're Going to March in St. Augustine
9. Selma, Lord, Selma
10. March to Montgomery

Most Read Articles by Movement Veterans:

1. Are You Qualified to Vote? (literacy tests)
  a. Alabama Voter Literacy Test
  b. Louisiana Voter Application and Literacy Tests
  c. Voter Registration: How it Worked in Alabama
  d. Alabama Voter Application Form
  e. Mississippi Voter Application & Literacy Test
  f. Alabama Voter Literacy Test: Parts "B" and "C"
  g. Voter Registration: How it Worked in Georgia
2. Original Draft of John Lewis' Speech to the March on Washington
3. Voting Rights History: Two Centuries of Struggle
4. Nonviolent Training
5. Pins of the Freedom Movement
7. The Power of Freedom Songs
8. Notes from a Nonviolent Training Session (1963)
9. Grenada Mississippi – Chronology of a Movement
10. Nonviolent Resistance & Political Power

Most Read Thoughts and Commentaries by Movement Veterans:

1. Ghettos, Segregation, & Poverty in the 1960s, Bruce Hartford
2. In the Attics of My Mind, Casey Hayden
3. Call to Selma (film review), Arkansas Benton
4. A Black Man Fights the Draft, Michael Simmons
5. The Help," (film review), Casey Hayden
6. Courage Was the Key, Bruce Hartford
7. No thanks Kathryn Stockett, I don't want to be The Help (film review), Joyce Ladner
8. Political Animals Likely to Confuse History of the Movement, (TV review), Diane Nash
9. Growing Up in Harlem & Mississippi Freedom Summer, Bob Moses
10. Address to Freedom Summer 50th Commemoration, Julian Bond

Most Viewed Original Freedom Movement Documents:

1. The Other America, Martin Luther King, 1967
2. I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964
3. Bigger Than a Hamburger, Ella Baker, 1961
4. An Appeal for Human Rights, Atlanta students, 1961
5. Montgomery Bus Boycott Leaflet, 1955
6. School Desegregation Workshop Notes, Rosa Parks, 1955
7. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Founding Statement, 1960
8. The Basis of Black Power
9. Letter From Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, 1963
10. Birmingham Manifesto, 1963
11. SNCC Statement on Vietnam, 1966
12. Speech to Anti-Vietnam War Protest, Martin Luther King, 1967
13. SNCC Position Paper: Women in the Movement, 1964
14. List of Documents, Oral Histories & Interview Archives
15. Record Albums of the Freedom Movement
16. Minutes, Montgomery NAACP, Rosa Parks, 1955
17. Testimony of Fannie Lou Hamer, Democratic Convention, 1964
18. Security Handbook, Freedom Summer, 1964
19. Flyers From the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, 1965
20. Economic Bill of Rights, Martin Luther King & SCLC
21. Documents from SNCC Waveland Conference, 1964
22. Regarding Forging a Relation With Saul Alinsky, Mike Miller, SNCC. 1967
23. Demands of the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966
24. Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Martin Luther King, 1967
25. Freedom Summer Orientation Briefing Vincent Harding, 1964

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