History of SNCC

SNCC was founded in 1960, at an April meeting of sit-in leaders on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ella Baker was the gathering’s organizer.

Young activists and organizers with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC (pronounced “SNICK”), represented a radical, new unanticipated force whose work continues to have great relevance today. For the first time, young people decisively entered the ranks of civil rights movement leadership. They committed themselves to full-time organizing from the bottom-up, and with this approach empowered older efforts at change and facilitated the emergence of powerful new grassroots voices. Before SNCC, with only a few exceptions, notably the Southern Negro Youth Congress (SNYC) during the 1930s and ’40s, civil rights leadership always meant grownups.

The Story of SNCC

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Inside SNCC

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Brief Outline of the History of SNCC