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. These maps and charts locate more than 500 SNCC actions from 1960 through 1970. Here is the full database and an introduction to SNCC history and geography.The maps are hosted by Tableau Public and may take a few seconds to respond. If slow, refresh the page.
In Progress: We continue to seek additional data and are eager to correct errors. Please Help. If you know something about a SNCC action or chapter, please share it here.
Sources: These maps and charts are based on data on 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 the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection. Hannah Wise searched Student Voice in digtal copies published by Civil Rights Movement Archive.
Additonal research and data compilation: Katie Anastas
Maps: James Gregory
This filterable database shows more than 500 SNCC actions month by month and by state.
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.