1, 1960, a group of black college students from North Carolina
A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter in
Greensboro, North Carolina where they had been denied service.
This sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across the
South. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC
(pronounced "snick"), was created on the campus of Shaw University
in Raleigh two months later to coordinate these sit-ins, support
their leaders, and publicize their activities.
next decade, civil rights activism moved beyond lunch counter
sit-ins. In this violently changing political climate, SNCC struggled
to define its purpose as it fought white oppression. Out of SNCC
came some of today's black leaders, such as former Washington,
D.C. mayor Marion Barry, Congressman John Lewis and NAACP chairman
Julian Bond. Together with hundreds of other students, they left
a lasting impact on American history.
covers the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from its
birth in 1960 to 1966, when John Lewis was replaced by Stokely
Carmichael as chairman. This event marks a decided change in philosophy
for SNCC, and one that warrants an equal amount of attention.
However, we have focused on the first six years of the movement,
in order to adequately explore such events as sit-ins, the Freedom
Rides and Freedom Summer.
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