Grenville B. Whitman

SNCC, Mississippi, Maryland, Georgia, 1964-66
Current Residence:
P.O. Box 651, 5745 Liberty Street
Rock Hall, MD 21661
Phone: 410-639-7551

Mississippi Summer 1964

I was a volunteer with the Mississippi Summer Project in 1964, in Biloxi.

In the fall of 1964, I organized a "poll tax" project in Baltimore to raise money for SNCC around the election (around $1,200).

I then started working in Cambridge, MD, with John Battiste, and was taken on as a SNCC staff member. I also did some work in migrant camps on the Eastern Shore in the summer of 1965.

In the fall of 1965, my wife, Karen Olson, and I started working at the Atlanta headquarters, in the research department with Jack Minnis. I was the principal author of the SNCC anti-war statement, which John Lewis issued in early 1966, and which led directly to the Julian Bond episode in the Georgia legislature. I resigned from SNCC in the spring of 1966, and returned to Baltimore.

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