Box 19, Folder 7, Document 17

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The Studer. Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee—SC—was born out of the
student sit-in rve: A conference at Raleigh,
North Carolin: = Easter Weekend in 1960
formed the Tenvorary Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Orumittee. At an Atlanta con-
ference later tz year, officers were elected,
programs ovtavd, and the “temporary”

From 2n immediate concern with lunch
counters znd zuvie theaters, SNCC moved
into activity arnss the entire Southern Black

Particpztiar in the Freedom Rides in
1961 and 2 exoving sense of the depth of
fear that shaci2a. most Negroes of the South
convinced SNC! that some one would have
to take the fredom movement to the mil-
lions of disextznchised, dispossessed and
degraded Nezocs of the rural South...



_SNCC’S grass-roots approach is designed to

- ... build indigenous, trained leadership . . . in
small communities and urban centers of the South,
in high schools and college campuses .. .

SNCC workers organize and aid local and
state wide movements, some never identified as
SNCC projects. This is part of its program to in-
sure a continuous committed movement across the

; This program has captured the idealism and
imagination of students and adults all across the,
country, and today, more than 150 SNCC field
workers are engaged in the always dangerous,
often dreary and tedious work of organizing peo-
ple in the most difficult areas of the South...

. Mississippi — Southwest Georgia
_ Central Alabama — Eastern Arkansas

SNCC field secretaries receive subsistence
salaries when funds are available, but at times
have chopped cotton and picked squash to secure
food and a bed. They live in the community they
work in, in the homes of local residents and in

. freedom houses, for the weeks and months re-
quired to break through generations of fear-en-
forced apathy and despair. A SNCC worker's
skills and drive help a community begin. Sus-
tained personal contact, discussion and persuasion

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and his determination to stay with the job gives
. a’community confidence to seck and assert their
rights and to make their own decisions.



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. _SNCC voter registration drives and work on
’ Agricultural Stabilization Committee elections
a ; ; have begun to give forgotten communities a power
..- August, 193, SNCC launched the Deep "<a 5 an ; _.° they can Bi i build their own organizations and
South’s first <ent manned voter registra- : j gpeeonal os, a6. Bet (BSUMEIES: - =
tion projeci .. choosing Walthal, Pike and =! 5 > : Sil
Amite Counties: in Southwest Mississippi. Sees Soom eae Party
5 s am 3 ih: 4 ‘.. . an in ndent political party which educates
Their ee dee oped into i student a : ; - by its work ... . attempts to involve the disen-
in McComb, bean to spread across the en- f franchised in the political processes which are so
tire state and ciminated in the 1964 Sum- crucial to their lives.
mer Project tht involved more than 1,000 -
volunteer werers. 5 ee . si 4
al aX ners : ' _-—the Poor People’s Corporation . . . “To
t= ds . _ assist low income groups in their efforts to re-
ceive financial assistance to initiate and sustain
self-help projects of a cooperative nature that are
designed to offset some of the effects of poverty.”

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_.. October, 18xi — SNCC workers opened
up Albany, Gecgia for the massive demon-
strations that tclowed that year and have
since organized novements in the surround- q ao ie

2 —the Mississippi Freedom Labor Union. . .

ing counties. farm workers in the Mississippi Delta working to
improve economic conditions . . .

... January, 1%3 — SNCC workers came ‘

fo Selma, Aiiama, an d with the. aid of ‘— Freedom Schools . . . community centers
ined) gioups settle stage for the drive that ; a Fe . - all these things mean a ray of hope for those
- with no hope of help anywhere.

resulted in the 1964 Voting Rights Act.

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