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By Sholnn Freeman
University News
April 29, 2011

SNCC Convenes at Howard

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WASHINGTON – The Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) held a special board meeting on the Howard University campus in connection with the organization’s Legacy Project. SNCC celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

A dozen members of the Legacy Project met in the Browsing Room of Founders Library on Friday and Saturday to collect SNCC records and other artifacts. The material will be digitized and placed online.

SNCC (pronounced “Snick”) emerged from the student sit-ins that erupted in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960.  Within months, thousands of students across the South were engaged in similar protests against racial segregation. In April 1960, 200 campus-based activists began meeting in Raleigh, N.C., and formed SNCC.

The following year, a handful of these activists committed to full-time work in the civil rights struggle. SNCC became an organization of grassroots organizers with field secretaries who worked in the most dangerous parts of the South. SNCC’s uncompromising style of non-violent direct action confronted racial injustice and contributed to the elimination of segregation.

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