Nearly 60 years ago on the campus of Shaw University, the
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was born. The founders, Shaw
alumna Ella Baker and then-Shaw student Dr. David C. Forbes, Sr., convened a
meeting of the civil rights elders of the day along with other student leaders
who were not content to simply wait for things to change. From that pivotal
first meeting on Shaw’s campus, SNCC went on to become a major force that
reinvigorated America’s Civil Rights Movement.
Please join us for the “The Spirit of SNCC: Beyond 2020” as Shaw commemorates SNCC’s contributions to society and to history April 3-4, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Sponsorship Featured Event Tickets Student Registration
Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 p.m. | Estey Hall (Auditorium)An artistic tribute honoring the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement. More details to come. (Free and open to the public)
Friday, April 3,
2020, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Willie E. Gary Student Center (Ballroom) Young Leaders will have an opportunity to meet and greet each other and interact on a social level and to network with their peers. Panelist will be available
to talk one on one along with other invited guests. At 6:30 p.m., students will all walk to the Gymnasium in an act of solidarity and observance of the SNCC movement. (By Invitation Only)
Friday, April 3,
2020, 7 p.m. | C. C. Spaulding Gymnasium
As an homage to Shaw’s legacy of student civic engagement and to the leadership of the dedicated young people who were the impetus for SNCC’s formation, we expect to emulate the number of student leaders who attended SNCC’s first meeting.
Leaders Town Hall will examine SNCC’s historic contributions and explore how young people can and must assume the mantle of leadership in our nation’s journey toward full civil and social justice for all. The Town Hall will include a nationally known
moderator and a panel of today’s preeminent figures in civic activism and thought leadership. (Free and open to the public)
Saturday, April 4, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm (Estey Hall | Dorothy Cowser Yancy Building | Leonard Hall) Based on the transcription of key points and observations, comment and suggestions taken from the Town Hall Meeting, students in attendance
will be broken up into three groups. Each group will be led by a non-profit social action/justice organization to work through the information and identify action items, movement or and new ideas to confront change in America. (Free and open to the public)
Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m. | Raleigh
Cost: $200 per person | Purchase Tickets
The SNCC Legacy Banquet will feature conversations with nationally known speakers. Invited guests include all the presidents and chancellors as well as SGA representatives of all 100 sister HBCUs, as well as leading authorities
on SNCC and prominent civil rights and social justice advocates.
Thursday, April 23, 11 a.m. | Estey Hall Auditorium
Cost: $150 per person | Purchase Tickets The awards recognized women who, regardless of their field of endeavor, have
demonstrated leadership and a desire to serve, and have done so with dignity and distinction. Shaw is proud to announce that, from this year forward, the award will be known as the Ella Baker Women Who Lead Award, in honor alumna Ella Josephine Baker. Ms. Baker embodied the award criteria and set the standard for all future honorees.
We invite individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations to help celebrate SNCC’s 60th Anniversary by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship and in-kind contributions help underwrite events and advance Shaw University's $2.5 million
Resilience and Opportunity Campaign in support of scholarships, student retention and the endowment fund.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dianne Pledger, Senior Director of Development at 919-546-8455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Sponsor