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“One Person, One Vote”: New Website Celebrates the Grassroots Legacy of SNCC

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) helped organize a voter registration project in Lowndes County, Alabama, where black voters formed their own party and voted in their own primary; Lowndes County, Alabama,  May 3, 1966. Photograph by Maria Varela, 3910713 Take Stock.

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) helped organize a voter registration project in Lowndes County, Alabama, where black voters formed their own party and voted in their own primary; Lowndes County, Alabama, May 3, 1966. Photograph by Maria Varela, 3910713 Take Stock.

Before the beatings on the bridge in Selma, before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, young people in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) united with local communities in the Deep South to build a grassroots movement for change.

A new multimedia website from the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University—One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights—tells the story of how SNCC’s commitment to community organizing forged a movement for voting rights made up of thousands of local people, one that sought to make real the promise of America: equal opportunity for all…one person, one vote. Onevotesncc.org honors the heroes of the struggle for voting rights—sharecroppers and domestic workers, World War II veterans and high school students, young activists and seasoned mentors.

The website is part of a partnership between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University that was formed to chronicle the historic struggles for voting rights and to develop ongoing programs that contribute to a more civil and inclusive democracy. Click here and here to read more about the overall intiative.

Click here to listen to an interview with SNCC veteran Charlie Cobb and Duke undergraduate Amina Bility on NPR’s “Here and Now.” Cobb is the first Activist-in-Residence with the SNCC-Duke partnership; Bility is a Duke undergraduate involved in the project.

The Center for Documentary Studies and Duke University Libraries are involved in the SNCC-Duke initiative.

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