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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “Snick”) was an organization of students and former students active in the civil rights movement during the 1960s. The group conducted voter registration drives and encouraged civil disobedience protests throughout the southeastern United States. The original members of the organization were Black college students, although later, White students from northern and southern states would become members. Many of the students continued their work with the organization after they left school.

SNCC maintained an uneasy relationship with other civil rights organizations, particularly the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, because SNCC members viewed these other organizations as not going far enough in their efforts to eliminate discrimination. This tension is exemplified in other organizations' pressuring SNCC Chair John Lewis to tone down ...

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