Chicago SNCC History Project Conference, “From Civil Rights to Black Power”


Friday, February 17 2017 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Roosevelt University - Chicago Campus 430 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago SNCC History Project, Black History Month Conference,

“From Civil Rights to Black Power”: Tracing the African American Freedom Struggle”

This is 50 years after the, very controversial, shout, “Black Power”, rang out, on a Mississippi highway, as part of the Meredith March Against Fear. It signaled challenges to the early integrationist, non-violent and leadership of the southern civil rights movement and the beginnings of demands for equity rather than integration, an end to old alliances and the creation of new alliances, tactics, leadership and a change in locus to a northern / national Black Power/ Black Liberation movement.

The Chicago SNCC History Project in cooperation with the SNCC Legacy Project and others will use this year’s Black History Month Conference to revisit this, understudied an often misunderstood but crucial, part of the on-going African American fight for freedom, social justice, and humanity.

At this historic two-day conference, through discussion, film and music, we will begin the study of such important period. A usual, this will be an intergenerational arena where we will count on the participation of those who were there in earlier days as well as those younger people who have now taken up the on-going fight for freedom, justice, and humanity.



Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 8:30 AM –

Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 5:00 PM CST




Roosevelt University - Chicago Campus

430 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605




Willie Mukassa Ricks,

Dorothy Dewberry Aldrich,

Charlie Cobb,

Muriel Tillinghast,

Freddie Greene Biddle,

Dr. Robyn Spencer,

Dr. Jamal Joseph,

Dr. Charles Payne,

Phil Hutchings,

Dr. James Garrett,

Atty. Stan Willis,

Dr. Leslie McLemore,

Atty. Richard Morisroe,

Northwestern Pritzer School of Law,

First Defence Legal Aid,

Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY)

Youth for Black Lives (Chicago)



“The Fannie Lou Hamer Story”

“Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”

“Agents of Change”



SNCC Freedom Singers, the Mark Durham Trio, Ayinde and others