SNCC began in the 1960's when a few student from Shaw University gathered to discuss the unfair treatment the African Americans received at this time. The organization slowly grew and later played a major role in the coordinating of the freeedom rides and the sit-ins, legendary peaceful protests.
Four African American students attending school in North Carolina walked into a "White's Only" cafe, sat down, peacefully ate lunch, and remained till the store closed that evening. These protests only started with a few student making blunt, peaceful statements that could've (and in some cases did) cost their life.
|"You can never tell when a spark will light a fire."|
These protests were student-led. Such a drastic movement in history could not have had a chance if it weren't for the devoted students who were desperate to make a change.
I found it interesting and pleasent that Elenore Roosevelt gave SNCC their first check, $100, to support their organization and existance. SNCC began to find connections in the southern states and cities, embraced by many locals from the community. Fannie Lou Hamer was an iconic speaker during the civil rights, and aided the SNCC and their organization. SNCC was renown for their ability to utilize their 'grassroots.' It was very importnant because while fighting against adversity, SNCC, well deservingly, needed all the support to change history.
In honor of MLK day, SNCC members discussed the Civil Rights during the 1960's, and shared their influential stories: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Other-News/SNCC-Members-Tell-Stories-of-Organizing-for-Civil-Rights-in-the-South