(PART ONE) From Civil Rights to “We are an African People!”: SNCC and the Black Student Movement, 1960-1972
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June 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
*This is the first of a two-part lecture series with Dr. Richard Benson. Register for Part Two here.**
During the 1960s, the Black Student Revolution began to emerge on campuses across the nation. From the Greensboro Sit-Ins at North Carolina A&T in 1960 to the evolution of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Freedom Struggle of the early to mid-1960s was principally led by Black students and youth. With the Southern states providing a backdrop for activism, the Black rural agrarian populations were the primary targets for non-violent direct action and democratic participation. This workshop will assess how SNCC as the vanguard of the national Black/Student movement evolved from non-direct non-violence to develop a Black Nationalist & internationalist organizational mission in the midst of the shifting objectives of the overall Black Freedom Struggle of the early to mid 1960s.
Richard D. Benson IIDr. Richard D. Benson II is a historian specializing in education, the Black Freedom Movement and transnational social movements. He completed a PhD in Educational Policy Studies specializing in the history of education at the University of Illinois. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Spelman … Read More ›