Challenging the widespread depiction of Martin Luther King as winning equal rights for African Americans is the story of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. These black and white students risked their lives to organize black southerners and help them win their own rights. This seminar will explore the broader civil rights movement, and then focus in on its activist, grassroots phase through the study of SNCC. We will emphasize the importance of individuals in such struggles, the varied roles they played within the movement, and the nature of social activism in the United States.
Seminar led by Cheryl Greenberg, Trinity College