Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

largest student-led civil rights organization during the American Civil Rights Movement

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, often pronounced /snɪk/ SNIK) was the main channel of student activity to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Formation1960; 64 years ago (1960)
FounderElla Baker
Extinction1976; 48 years ago (1976)
Civil Rights Movement
Participatory democracy
Black power
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Deep South and Mid-Atlantic states
Main organ
The Student Voice (1960–1965)
The Movement (1966–1970)
SubsidiariesFriends of SNCC
Poor People's Corporation

They were a group of students who wanted to show segregation was wrong. They would sit in white only shops and cafes and refuse to move even if they were attacked.

It was created in 1960 from the student-led sit-ins to protest segregated lunch counters in Greensboro, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee. The group was mainly founded and headed by Ella Baker.

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