THE STUDENT NONVIOLENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE
“I woke up with my mind on freedom” –Willie Peacock
Grew up in Charleston, Mississippi in Tallahatchie County. Willie Peacock was the SNCC organizer in Mississippi, who was influenced by his father at a young age. He was committed to showing how the vote could dramatic change in the lives of Black people.
SNCC was founded in the 1960’s and was organized by Ella Baker. She held a student meeting at Shaw University in April 1960. Baker thought that the SCLC group was out of touch with younger blacks so she created SNCC with the purpose of trying to make the movement progress faster. The new group played a large part in the Freedom Rides and strived on desegregating buses and in the marches organized by King and SCLC.