Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Statement of Purpose

(1960)

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The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Statement of Purpose, written by theology student and civil rights activist James Lawson, Jr., and dated April 1960, emphasizes the organization's commitment to nonviolence in efforts to defeat racial segregation during the civil rights era. On April 15–17, 1960, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The SNCC was the product, in large part, of the...