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ProjectANNOUNCING: THE SNCC LEGACY PROJECT
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As a the follow-up to our 50th Anniversary Conference, and your feedback about needed actions for the future, a SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) has been established. The purpose of the SLP is to organize strategic programs and activities that address those critical issues identified in your responses to the post-conference survey conducted last summer.

Over the past nine months, the SLP has been incorporated, secured tax exempt status and organized a 15-person board.

Our first educational project is about to bear fruit. We filmed and recorded every plenary and panel session at the 50th and a set of 38 DVDs (52 hours) has been produced. California Newsreel will handle their sales and distribution which should begin later this month. The DVDs can be purchased as either a complete set or individually. Money from sales will help provide revenue for the SLP programs.

At this point there are four SLP “working committees” that are in the process of designing programs, activities and materials in the following areas:

  1. The Archival Committee, that will seek out and protectively archive as many historic documents, photos, memorabilia and artifacts related to telling the story of SNCC and of the people associated with SNCC as possible. Our goal is to make them accessible for use by student activists, teachers, scholars, SNCC folks, the children, grandchildren of SNCC folks and the general public. Recognizing that many documents and memorabilia are scattered in a variety of places, including folks’ attics and basements, as well as museums, libraries or universities, the project will also mount a program to digitize these collections wherever they are found and make them accessible via a SNCC Legacy Project “Virtual Museum” that will be accessible through a variety of platforms that will enable individuals, institutions and organizations throughout the world to research our legacy. Julian Bond and Connie Curry are co-chairs.
  2. The New Works Committee, which is primarily concerned with encouraging and assisting SNCC veterans and our to produce new works about the movement, working individually or through a program utilizing the critical oral history format for illuminating ideas and themes that define SNCC and its work. This committee will also develop a more traditional oral history project to collect SNCC history. Additionally, the group will explore the prospect of “visiting scholars” and “visiting professorships” at colleges and universities being offered to SNCC veterans whose thinking are essential to any real understanding of the movement but who are not usually considered to be academics or scholars. Charlie Cobb and Geri Augusto are co-chairs.
  3. The “Quality Public Education Civil Right” Committee. The SLP considers education as a significant part of the unfinished business of the freedom movement, and the continuing struggle for quality public education part of SNCC’s legacy. This group’s efforts will be anchored by the Algebra Project of Bob Moses and the Young People’s Project that is a spinoff of the AP. It is co-chaired by Bob and Maisha Moses.
  4. The Fundraising Committee which is responsible for seeking financial support to enable these programs and activities of the SLP to go forward. We are seeing seeking support from public and private sources including foundations, institutions, non-profits as well as individual donations. other budget off-setting sources that will support the programs and mission of the SNCC Legacy Project. Joyce Ladner is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Of course we are at the very beginning stage of the SLP, so much can change. We will keep SNCC people regularly informed of our progress and our invitation to participate with ideas or work will remain open. Our only expectation is your commitment to hard work

Courtland Cox, Chair
SNCC Legacy Project