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By Cheryl Greenberg

Activists and historians mirror jointly at the civil rights circulation and its meanings, and at the pupil Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's position in American history.

"The memories and reflections voiced on the SNCC reunion remind us of the striking imaginative and prescient and brave commitment of the civil rights flow of the Sixties. Framed by way of Cheryl Greenberg's eloquent and probing advent, the SNCC veterans' reviews concerning the triumphs and barriers in their stream symbolize an incredible contribution to the historic literature on race and tool in smooth America."--Raymond Arsenault, collage of South Florida

On the party of the SNCC's twenty fifth anniversary, greater than 500 humans collected at Trinity university in Connecticut to either have fun and critique its accomplishments. greater than forty SNCC participants inform their tales and ponder the contributions, limits and legacies of the move in A Circle of belief. accomplishing lively debate with every one different, with historians of the stream, and with modern political tradition extra commonly, those former and perpetual activists communicate of their imaginative and prescient of a simply society and what nonetheless is still performed. With expanding racial pressure and the ongoing debate over integration and separatism in the United States within the Nineties, the content material of this convention is extra appropriate than ever.

Cheryl Lynn Greenberg starts off with an summary of SNCC and introduces every one of the chapters of oral background. contributors discover the origins of SNCC, its early adoption of nonviolent protest, its final renunciation of liberal integration and embody of militant black radicalism, its refusal to repudiate far-left enterprises, and controversies over the roles of ladies in SNCC and society at huge. the result's a considerate, relocating, occasionally acrimonious, occasionally celebratory account of 1 of the main major civil rights businesses and its successes and failures.

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