Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee By: Heather Britt
On February 1, 1960 A group of 4 black college students (Joseph McNeil, Izell Blair, Franklin McCain and David Richmond) from North Carolina A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro where they had been denied service This sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across the South.
April 15, 1960 The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was created on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh to help coordinate sit-ins, support their leaders, and publicize their activities. SNCC became an organization of grassroots organizers.
Nonviolence as the driving philosophy behind the organization. To rally support from whites and blacks to help support the movement. Against the Vietnam War in the beginning of 1966 Opened the door for the feminist movement. Black Power
John Lewis was an influential SNCC leader and is recognized by most as one of the important leaders of the civil rights movement as a whole. He was born on February 21, 1940, in Troy, Alabama. His family were sharecroppers. He was a hard-working young man who overcame poverty and political disenfranchisement to educate himself. He graduated from the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville and then received a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Fisk University. In 1961, Lewis joined SNCC in the Freedom Rides. Riders traveled the South challenging segregation at interstate bus terminals. Lewis and others received death threats and were severely beaten by angry mobs. In 1986, he was elected to Congress
Born in January 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee. Bond was one of the several hundred students who formed SNCC. He is currently the chairman of the NAACP. He is also a Distinguished Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor in history at the University of Virginia.
Known as the lady who was "sick and tired of being sick and tired,“ Born October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. SNCC Field Secretary and traveled around the country speaking and registering people to vote. Co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). She died on March 14, 1977, at the age of 59.
Born in 1935 in Harlem. Moses was visiting his uncle in Hampton, Virginia. He witnessed a sit-in in progress in Newport News and slipped into the middle of it. Moses made a trip to Mississippi to gather people to come to Atlanta in October for a SNCC conference. Moses was later involved in education reform.
Born on December 13, 1903, in Norfolk, Virginia. Baker studied at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated in 1927 as class valedictorian and then moved to New York City. She wanted to help the new student activists and organized a meeting at Shaw University for the student leaders of the sit-ins in April 1960. Ella Baker died on December 13, 1986, in New York City.
Born on November 15, 1941, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Studied philosophy at Howard University. Was the leader of the Non-Violent Action Group (NAG). Brought NAG into affiliation with SNCC. Took part in the SNCC Freedom Rides of 1961 In 1966, he was elected chairman of SNCC and soon after raised the cry of "black power.“ He changed his name to Kwame Ture and later moved to Africa, adopting the cause of pan-Africanism. Carmichael died in Guinea on November 16, 1998 of prostate cancer. He was 57 years old.