At the closing events of the grand opening of the SNCC Digital Gateway (snccdigital.org/), a repository of audio, video, text, and photography about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, SNCC members raised their voices in song.
This is an audio postcard from Duke Magazine
Duke Libraries and the Center for Documentary Studies played a large role in the creation of the new SNCC Digital Gateway, an online repository of text, images, videos, and recordings documenting the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the national student-run group of civil rights activists in the 1960s (snccdigital.org). At closing events at Duke in March surrounding its creation, SNCC members talked about the importance of sharing their stories with today’s student activists. They talked about not reinventing the wheel, about the importance of organizing, rather than merely mobilizing. The new website provides an almost limitless treasure of stories and examples. At the end of the first day of the closing conference an audience member noted that she had never seen so many SNCC members together without hearing them sing. Chuck Neblett, a member of the Freedom Singers, stood up, literally rising to the challenge. These are hard days. Here then is a gift of song from those who have been through hard days before.
I think we all got to sing.
[SONG: Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me round…]
Audience member: One more!
[SONG and clapping: This little light of mine]
Audience member: You still got it!
TRACK: This has been an audio postcard from Duke Magazine.