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    The Civil Rights Movement

    SNCC Students
    Photo Credit: James Karales / Courtesy of The Gary Davis Collection / Via library.duke.edu

    In 1960, Ella Baker, a 1927 Shaw graduate and class valedictorian, gathered students at Shaw University for the organizing conference of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Some 300 students gathered at the university to form an organization which during the Civil Rights Movement, would become deeply involved in the freedom rides, the Albany Movement, the 1963 March on Washington and the Mississippi Freedom Summer, discussing issues ranging from desegregation of public facilities to racial problems in education. In April of 2010, the SNCC 50th anniversary celebration was held at Shaw and in various locations throughout Raleigh, North Carolina.

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