SNCC History and Geography

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. Not only did SNCC lead many of the campaigns that challenged segregation in the early 1960s, it also inspired some of the new radical formations of the mid and late 1960s, including Black Power and the student movements that swept across college campuses.

Here we explore the history and geography of this seminal organization with (1) interactive maps, charts, and lists that show more than 500 SNCC sit-ins, boycotts, and other actions from 1960 to 1970; (2) a yearbook/ database of SNCC actions; (3) a brief year-by-year history.


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SNCC sit-ins, boycotts, demonstrations, and actions 1960-1970

Here are maps and charts showing the year-by year and month-by-month actions of SNCC chapters. Filter by state and type of action..

TimelineTimeline of SNCC actions 1960-1970

This filterable database shows more than 500 SNCC actions month by month and by state.

The SNCC Project: a year by year history 1960-1970

In this collaborative essay, the SNCC project team (Hannah Wise, Jiajun Law, Kenon Morgan, Gary Chen, Brittany Lasher, Rachel Caldwell, Oliver Groeneveld, An Lau) detail the history of SNCC activism.