The Chicago SNCC History Project

The Chicago SNCC History Project The Chicago SNCC History Project is an organization aimed at preserving the history and legacy of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

After many years of discussing the need to document the history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Chicago, in 2004, a group of people from the former Chicago Area Friends of SNCC (CAFSNCC) came together to form the Chicago SNCC History Project. Originally, the purpose of CAFSNCC was to support the efforts of the courageous young people in SNCC who were fighting the war aga

After many years of discussing the need to document the history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Chicago, in 2004, a group of people from the former Chicago Area Friends of SNCC (CAFSNCC) came together to form the Chicago SNCC History Project. Originally, the purpose of CAFSNCC was to support the efforts of the courageous young people in SNCC who were fighting the war aga

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02/05/2021
The Root

The Root

Much of Black History has been misused, whitewashed, led astray.

In this episode of #UnpackThat we dive into how sanitizing the Civil Rights Movement impacts the reception of modern day movements like #TakeAKnee & #BlackLivesMatter.

Save the Date you all!!!! Film screening and Voter registration.
08/19/2020

Save the Date you all!!!! Film screening and Voter registration.

04/03/2020
In The Mississippi River (SNCC Freedom Singers, Chicago 2007)

The Chicago SNCC History Project is saddened to hear of the passing of Marshall Jones, SNCC Freedom Singer. “He was a quiet warrior devoting his life to the fight for freedom and equality. He was trained as a classical singer and could have performed professionally and lucratively. He chose instead to spread the word for the fight for freedom in memorable songs such as, "In the Mississippi River," a song he wrote on learning of the disappearance of Goodman Chaney and Schwerner.” - Dr. Fannie Rushing Chicago SNCC History Project Co-Founder.

Here is a video of his performance of his powerful song In the Mississippi River at our 2007 conference. To find the bodies of the SNCC organizers Chaney Goodman and Schwerner, authorities had to pull out scores of black corpses. If two of the activists hadn’t been white northerners, many wondered if the river would have ever been exposed, since everyone from law enforcement to local white residents knew that’s where they would habitually dump the bodies of black men and women.

The Freedom Singers participated in every event of the Chicago SNCC History Project from 2005 -2018 and never stopped telling the story of SNCC at home and abroad. Fortunately, we have all those tapes in the archive. At our next event, we will do a tribute to Marshall and the Freedom Singers.

(From The Black Past website:)

“(SNCC) Freedom Singers were a musical group primarily active between 1962 and 1966, singing “freedom songs” in order to fundraise and organize on behalf of SNCC.

The Freedom Singers emerged out of the Albany Movement of 1962. After witnessing the Albany Movement’s mass movement musical culture, folksinger Pete Seeger suggested to SNCC executive secretary James Forman that a group could perform songs arising out of the civil rights movement in order to raise money for SNCC, educate young northerners on the events of the movement, and organize people to involve themselves. Eventually, the idea reached Albany Movement leader (and SNCC field secretary) Cordell Reagon in October 1962. By the end of the year, a group was organized consisting of Reagon, Bernice Johnson, Rutha Harris, and Charles Neblett, occasionally joined by Bertha Gober. They were all trained musicians as well as SNCC field secretaries.

Over the course of 1963, the group embarked on a tour of colleges, high schools, small auditoriums, and house parties across the northern United States. The group’s performances consisted of many of the most well-known traditionally-based freedom songs, such as “We Shall Overcome” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round,” in addition to newer, completely original topical songs written by SNCC members.

The group had several key performances. In June 1963, they performed at a SNCC fundraiser with gospel artist Mahalia Jackson. The following month they sang at the Newport Folk Festival, performing their own songs while also serving as a backup choir for other artists such as Bob Dylan. In August 1963, they were the only group of movement-affiliated song leaders to perform at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Their increasing exposure led Mercury Records to sign them to a recording contract; they recorded a studio album in October 1963.

Other commitments caused the initial group to disband at the end of 1963. However, a second, normally all-male group was quickly organized, which was active from 1964 to 1966. This second group’s lineup was flexible; while first-group veteran Charles Neblett as well as brothers Matthew and Marshall Jones were constants, other performers with the group included James Peacock, Willie Peacock, Carver Neblett, Cordell Reagon, Emory Harris, and Betty Mae Fikes. Many of this group’s members were songwriters, and its repertoire consisted of a diverse mix of traditional freedom songs, doo-wop, R&B, folk, and even songs by the Beatles.

By 1965, however, the group began to perform and organize in opposition to the Vietnam War in addition to traditional civil rights activities. Changes in SNCC’s leadership in 1966 and a turn towards black separatism restricted the ability of the group to find audiences. By the end of 1966 the group had disbanded.“

https://youtu.be/g_HIof3irK0

From a performance on 10 Nov 2007 at Woodson Regional Library, Chicago, IL Presented by Chicago Area Friends of SNCC and the SNCC History Project

02/27/2020
WORLD Channel

WORLD Channel

"Don't talk race. Assimilate." Watch college students like Ramona reflect on breaking the tradition of silence about race in the '60s in AgentsofChangeDocumentary, #nowstreaming on America ReFramed. #WORLDxBHM #BlackHistoryMonth http://bit.ly/ARF_S6_AoC

Watch for free through this link.
02/22/2020
Agents of Change

Watch for free through this link.

Examining racial conditions and student demands at U.S. colleges in the 1960s and today.

BOOK SIGNING: SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019, 1-3:00 PM."Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Struggle For Eq...
06/05/2019

BOOK SIGNING: SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019, 1-3:00 PM.

"Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Struggle For Equality, 1812-1912"

WHERE: Donna and Charles Hamilton Room
Dusable Museum Of African American History
740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

Fannie Rushing discusses Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

About the book: Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation offers a new perspective on black political life in Cuba by analyzing the time between two hallmark Cuban events, the Aponte Rebellion of 1812 and the Race War of 1912. In so doing, it provides fresh insight into the ways in which black freedom and resistance were practiced and understood in Cuba, from the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution to the early years of the Cuban republic. Bringing together an impressive range of scholars from the field of Cuban Studies, the volume is the first to examine the continuities between disparate forms of political struggle and racial organizing during the early years of the nineteenth century and trace them into the early decades of the twentieth. Together, the authors in this collection rethink the ways in which African-descended Cubans battled racial violence, created pathways to citizenship and humanity, and exercised claims on the nation state.

The Chicago SNCC History Project's cover photo
05/18/2019

The Chicago SNCC History Project's cover photo

In order to carry out our mission:• We need to develop new educational programming with new technologies and platforms w...
05/18/2019
Click here to support Preserve the Legacy - Ensure the Future! organized by Chicago SNCC History Project

In order to carry out our mission:
• We need to develop new educational programming with new technologies and platforms within the digital humanities.
We need to develop monthly archival opportunities to engage students and the public at the Woodson Library.
• We need to increase the number of CPS schools impacted by our distinct and local approach to civil rights history.
• We need new electronic equipment to carry out the oral history recording, production and dissemination of educational/archival materials.
• We need to urgently collect the narratives and acquisition of personal archives of elder movement veterans.

The Chicago SNCC History Project needs your support to help preserve the history of civil rights activism and organizing for the future survival of our communities, young people and city! The Chicago SNCC History Project is an educational non-profit based in Chicago that preserves and tells the...

Teaching for Change
04/15/2019
Teaching for Change

Teaching for Change

On this anniversary of the founding of SNCC, #tdih 1960, here is what teachers say about why the SNCC Digital Gateway Project is an invaluable classroom archive for the classroom.

04/06/2019

"I'm not asking you to believe, rather I'm asking you to READ" -Fidel Castro paraphrased by Dr. Gisela Arandia

04/06/2019

"Yo no te digo que creas, sino que LEAS" -Fidel Castro parafraseado por Dra. Gisela Arandia

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!
04/04/2019

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!

HAPPY SUNDAY! In anticipation for the Global Sixties Conference, here is a podcast recommendation. 🎧📻🤓📖Friday, April 5th...
03/31/2019
Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, “Patrice Lumumba” (Ohio University Press, 2014)

HAPPY SUNDAY! In anticipation for the Global Sixties Conference, here is a podcast recommendation. 🎧📻🤓📖

Friday, April 5th, we will be watching the film "Lumumba"
"Lumumba" is a gripping political thriller which tells the story of the legendary African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists of his day, the brilliant and charismatic Lumumba rose rapidly to the office of Prime Minister when Belgium conceded the Congo's independence in June, 1960. He would last two months in office. This is a true story.

This podcast is an interview with George Nzongola. Georges Nzongola‘s concise book Patrice Lumumba (Ohio University Press, 2014) provides a contemporary analysis of Lumumba’s life and work, examining his strengths and weaknesses as a political leader. It also surveys the national, continental, and international contexts of Lumumba’s political ascent and his elimination by the interests threatened by his ideas and reforms.
Lumumba’s death, his integrity and dedication to ideals of self-determination, self-reliance, and pan-African solidarity assure him a prominent place among the heroes of the 20th century African independence movement and the African Diaspora.

👇👇👇
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/new-books-network/new-books-in-history/e/46496278?refid=asa&autoplay=true&fbclid=IwAR184kRg4WAiEvz8Jt8oUaMkMlzA6f_r4zoVV7QzGOMpMvX8s609Y4m5kZw

Feb 2, 2015 - Patrice Lumumba was a leader of the independence struggle, as well as the country’s first democratically elected prime minister, in what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After a meteoric rise in the colonial civil service and the African political elite, he became a...

Global Sixties Conference: Billy Branch - much more than an accomplished Musician, he's a Blues educator and creator of ...
03/30/2019

Global Sixties Conference: Billy Branch - much more than an accomplished Musician, he's a Blues educator and creator of "Blues in the Schools", a program in Chicago Public Schools, which also extends as far away as Indianola, Mississippi to Xalapa, Mexico. https://buff.ly/2Hwi8zM

Chicagoan Diane Nash, a veteran civil rights and peace activist, founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committe...
03/29/2019

Chicagoan Diane Nash, a veteran civil rights and peace activist, founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Freedom Rider, leader of the 1960 Nashville student sit-ins, and the recipient of a Presidential Medal for Freedom, will open the event at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
Register at: https://buff.ly/2FFavF5

There will be the opportunity to view films, study the music and culture of the period, participate in an intergeneratio...
03/28/2019

There will be the opportunity to view films, study the music and culture of the period, participate in an intergenerational forum with movement veterans and with young people involved in social change today in the United States and around the world.
https://buff.ly/2Hwi8zM

Ambassador Robert Van Lierop, J.D. is a lawyer, political activist, filmmaker, and diplomat who served as Vanuatu's perm...
03/27/2019

Ambassador Robert Van Lierop, J.D. is a lawyer, political activist, filmmaker, and diplomat who served as Vanuatu's permanent representative to the United Nations. He will give the Keynote Address THURSDAY evening.
Visit https://buff.ly/2FFavF5 for more details!

Connecting the Local to the Global: Examining the impact and relationship of the Civil Rights Movement to movements for ...
03/27/2019

Connecting the Local to the Global: Examining the impact and relationship of the Civil Rights Movement to movements for social justice around the world in the tumultuous 1960s
Register at: https://buff.ly/2FFavF5

In February of 1961, Nash and fellow SNCC leaders supported the Rock Hill Nine, nine students who were arrested for lunc...
03/27/2019
Women Making History: Unsung Civil Rights Heroine Diane Nash [VIDEO]

In February of 1961, Nash and fellow SNCC leaders supported the Rock Hill Nine, nine students who were arrested for lunch counter sit-ins. Her tenacity for lead to the mayor of Nashville to publically call for the desegregation of the lunch counters in 1960. As a result, Music City U.S.A. became the first city in the South to desegregate lunch counters.

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Some excellent speakers to start us off at the Global Sixties conference on THURSDAY, April 4th. This is the tentative s...
03/26/2019

Some excellent speakers to start us off at the Global Sixties conference on THURSDAY, April 4th. This is the tentative schedule:
Visit https://buff.ly/2Hwi8zM for the latest updates and details!

Dr. James (Jimmy) Garret: former SNCC Field Secretary, Educator, Civil Rights Lawyer, Playwright, Founder of the first B...
03/25/2019

Dr. James (Jimmy) Garret: former SNCC Field Secretary, Educator, Civil Rights Lawyer, Playwright, Founder of the first Black Student Union (BSU) and Drum and Spear Bookstore (specialized in books written by black authors and books on Asian, African, and African American subjects)
Global Sixties Conference: https://buff.ly/2Hwi8zM

Less than 3 weeks until the The Global Sixties Conference Apr.4-7th.Register at 👉 https://buff.ly/2Hwi8zM“The Global Six...
03/18/2019

Less than 3 weeks until the The Global Sixties Conference Apr.4-7th.
Register at 👉 https://buff.ly/2Hwi8zM
“The Global Sixties: Social Movements for Civil Rights, Decolonization, Human Rights,” is being planned in the context of four important lessons learned from SNCC: the importance of intergenerational dialogue and work, a belief in grass roots organizing, participatory democracy and the connections between local and global issues. ✊ ✊ ✊

REGISTER AT  https://cafsncc.z2systems.com/event.jsp?event=3& Confirmed Speakers: Diane Nash Dr. Robyn SpencerDr. Charle...
03/11/2019
The Global Sixties: Social Movements for Civil Rights, Decolonization, & Human Rights

REGISTER AT https://cafsncc.z2systems.com/event.jsp?event=3&

Confirmed Speakers:
Diane Nash
Dr. Robyn Spencer
Dr. Charles M. Payne
Prexy Nesbitt
Dr. James Garrett
Dr. Brenda Gayle Plummer
Miriam Kaba*
Dr. Gloria House
Mia Henry
Dr. Rose Brewer
Ambassador Robert Van Lierop, JD
Brenetta Howell Barrett
Timuel Black*


Musical Guests:
Billy Branch
SNCC Freedom Singers
Mark Durham Trio
Ayinde Cartman
Chris Thomas and Kummbalynx

*Yet to confirm

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03/11/2019

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03/02/2019
What Happened, Miss Simone? | Trailer | Netflix

TOMORROW: Afternoon of the documentary film "What happened Miss Simone?," the music of Nina Simone, other entertainment, food, drink and fellowship.

Saturday, March 2nd
2:00pm-6:00pm
1401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL, 60608
REGISTER: https://cafsncc.z2systems.com/event.jsp?event=60&

All proceeds go directly to support the Global Sixties Conference. Your donation will help us ensure we keep our registration fees minimal for the conference to be affordable for young people, low-income workers and those of the third age.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $50.00

4:33 PM - 1 Mar 2019

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. Watch 'W...

Please Join us for an Afternoon of the documentary film, the music of Nina Simone, other entertainment, food, drink and ...
03/01/2019

Please Join us for an Afternoon of the documentary film, the music of Nina Simone, other entertainment, food, drink and fellowship.

Saturday, March 2nd
2:00pm-6:00pm
1401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL, 60608

All proceeds go directly to support the Global Sixties Conference. Your donation will help us ensure we keep our registration fees minimal for the conference to be affordable for young people, low-income workers and those of the third age.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $50.00
Register at https://cafsncc.z2systems.com/np/clients/cafsncc/event.jsp?event=60

https://youtu.be/VM9EA7XVIk8

Advisory Committee Member Gloria House Named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2019!
02/27/2019
Press Room

Advisory Committee Member Gloria House Named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2019!

Advisory Committee Member Gloria House Named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2019!

02/19/2019
Cup of Jane

At the Global Sixties Conference (Apr.4-7), civil rights veteran,DIANE NASH will be giving the Welcoming address.
Register at: https://snccchicago.org/

Diane Judith Nash is an American Civil Rights activist who was born in Chicago on May 15, 1938. Having graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1956, she attended Howard University in Washington D.C. before transferring to Fisk University in Nashville. While there, she became involved with the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference, a local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) under the guidance of Rev. James Lawson. After participating in numerous lunch counter sit-ins, Diane became the chair of the Student Central Committee. In the aftermath of the infamous mass sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, the mayor called a meeting with local leaders, including Nash, to negotiate with businesses and desegregate lunch counters, making Nashville the first southern city to do so. Along with other young activists mobilized by the organizing efforts of Ella Baker, Diane became a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in April of 1960. She married fellow activist James Bevel and was sentenced to two years in prison for training young students with nonviolent protest tactics, despite being pregnant. Diane was released after appealing the case. Her actions directly impacted the signing of the Selma voting rights campaign and the desegregation of Birmingham in 1963. Eventually, Diane returned home to Chicago where she works in education and real estate, while also advocating for women's rights and fair housing.

https://www.facebook.com/DailyCupOfJane/videos/873593746129586/

WATCH: Never heard of Diane Nash? Now is definitely the time. At the age of 18 this trailblazer became a civil rights leader and made waves throughout the South. This is her inspiring story.

For more stories of women that history *almost* forgot, like our page now--- Cup of Jane

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