Bob Moses Urges DNC to Call for Voting Rights as Constitutional Rights

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee veteran and Algebra Project founder Bob Moses was invited to speak at the 2016 Democratic Party platform hearing on June 18, 2016 about voting rights. He delivered testimony on behalf of the SNCC Legacy Project. The SNCC Legacy Project statement provides historical context and calls for a Constitutional amendment prohibiting infringement of full voting rights. View the […]

Civil Rights Movement Tactics

This text is provided as background information for A Documents-Based Lesson on the Voting Rights Act: A Case Study of SNCC’s work in Lowndes County and the Emergence of Black Power by Emilye Crosby. The Civil Rights Movement utilized a range of tactics to address different problems. For example, nonviolent direct action was critical in challenging […]

Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO) Political Context

Political context for the formation of the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO) Almost all white southerners in the 1960s were Democrats because their ancestors equated the Republican Party with the Emancipation of slaves and with the Radical Republicans who advocated for full citizenship for Freedpeople following the Civil War. (The meaning of Radical Republican has […]

Murder of Jonathan Daniels

In broad daylight, Thomas Coleman, a member of an elite white family in Lowndes, attacked a group of activists, shooting and killing Jonathan Daniels and critically injuring Richard Morrisroe, both white activists. Coleman was quickly acquitted by an all-white jury that accepted his claim of self-defense. The fact that the activists were released from jail […]

High School Students Produce Award-Winning Film on Ella Baker

“The most powerful person in the struggle for civil rights in of the 1960s was Miss Ella Baker, not Martin Luther King,” said Stokely Carmichael. Two St. Paul, Minnesota high school students—Siena Leone-Getten and Paying Lor—decided to learn more about this influential woman who remains so hidden in history. Not only did they research her […]

Selma in Kosciusko

  “Women can do just as much as men can when it comes to leadership.” This is just one of the comments made by students in Jessica Dickens’ class in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Dickens, a teacher the Kosciusko School District and Mississippi Civil Rights movement and Labor History teacher fellow, recently introduced the lesson, Stepping into Selma: […]

Uncovering Mississippi’s Hidden History: How to Participate

All too often students learn about national heroes and not the people in their own state and communities who have made history, behind the scenes. Now students and teachers have a mechanism for teaching others about Mississippi people’s history, beyond the headlines. Where can you find this history? Personal diaries and letters. Photographs. Newspapers articles. Songs. Fliers […]

An Epitaph That Keeps Giving

We are pleased to share with you the speech delivered by Timothy L. Jenkins on June 27, 2014 in the memorial plenary of the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer convening. Hundreds of people of all ages gathered for this historic event at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. The plenary session, convened by Judy Richardson, was called […]