Fall 2022 not offered
Most civil rights narratives focus on Martin Luther King, Jr. and other prominent leaders of the civil rights movements. This course seeks to shift that narrative to young activists working on the ground in the struggle for Black freedom. These college students used grassroots organizing tactics, embedding themselves in local Black communities, to drive local politics and draw attention to larger systemic issues. We will look specifically at the work of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), led by John Lewis and Stokely Carmichael, as they moved from the shock troops of the Southern freedom struggle to Black Power.
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Clayborne Carson, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981).
Faith S. Holsaert, et al., eds., Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010).
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