Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

SNCC Timeline 1960-1970


Founded in April 1960 shortly after students at North Carolina A&T began the lunch counter sit-in campaign that reignited the southern civil rights movement, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was arguably the most dynamic and influential of the 1960s new left and civil rights era organizations. Here is a timeline of more than 500 SNCC actions from 1960 through 1970. The month by month dates refer to the dating of news articles which occasionally differ from the event itself. This timeline accompanies Mapping SNCC History and Geography 1960-1970. Sources and methods are explained below. The timeline is hosted by Tableau Public and may take a few seconds to respond. If slow, refresh the page. 

Sources: This database tracks SNCC activities as recorded in the following newspapers: Student Voice, Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal.

Research: The SNCC project began as a collaborative class project in History 105 “The Peoples of the United States” in Winter 2016. Jiajun Law, Kenon Morgan, Gary Chen, Brittany Lasher, Rachel Caldwell, Oliver Groeneveld, and An Lau searched ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection. Hannah Wise searched Student Voice in digtal copies published by Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement.

Additonal research and data compilation: Katherine Anastas

Maps: James Gregory