"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

SFSU Civil Rights History course - drop ins welcome

PLSI 357 Political Movements: Lessons from Freedom Summer
Below is the schedule of my spring course at SFSU - HSS 157
Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:10 pm to 3:50 pm (with some exceptions)
READINGS refer to text: Lessons from Freedom Summer (Emery, Gold, Braselmann)

Monday, January 28th INTRODUCTION

Wednesday, January 30th
The Southern Freedom Movement as a CASE STUDY

Monday, February 4th
Building the Foundations of a Social Movement: Infrastructure and Research
FLASH MOVIE: Without Sanctuary

Wednesday, February 6th
Building an Argument, Civil Disobedience and Nonviolent Resistance (Thoreau, Douglass and Gandhi)
READ: Foreward, Introduction, Frederick Douglass (pp 8-11), Thoreau: Essay on Civil Disobedience (pp. 16-17), and the section on Gandhi in Lessons from Freedom Summer

Monday, February 11th
Building the Foundations of a Social Movement: Infrastructure, Research, Identifying the Problem
Read: Chapter TWO from Lessons

Wednesday, February 13th
Highlander Folk School: Research and Community Building
Reading: Chapter section 4.B from Lessons and Chapter one from Democracy and the Arts of Schooling by Don Arnstine

Monday, February 18th
Becoming an Activist
Guest Speaker: Jean Wiley

Wednesday, February 20th
The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Coalition Building and Nonviolence
MOVIE: Boycott
READ:  Chapter 4  INTRO AS WELL AS  4.A, 4.C, 4.D

Monday, February 25th
Sit Ins and the formation of SNCC: Strategic Use of Nonviolent Direct Action
READ: Chapter 5

Wednesday, February 27th
The Strategic Use of Nonviolent Direct Action
CLASSWORK:  The Role of Nashville Sit Ins in the Southern Freedom Movment

Monday, March 4th
Examples of the Strategic Use of Nonviolence
Guest Speaker: Bruce Hartford

Wednesday, March 6th
The Freedom Rides 1961-3: Strategic Use of Nonviolent Direct Action
MOVIE: Freedom Riders (excerpts)
WATCH: Interactive Map of First Freedom Rides and the OTHERS!!!!  (this won't take long, but will 
SKIM:  these events:
please look at MAP
Effect on SNCC. Before the Freedom Rides, SNCC as an organization is little known outside Movement circles. The public and press are aware of the various student sit-in movements, but know little of SNCC as an organization.
    At the end of 1960 SNCC was still a loosely organized committee of part-time student activists, uncertain of their roles in the southern struggle and generally conventional in their political orientations. Yet within months, SNCC became a cadre of full-time organizers and protesters. Its militant identity was forged during the 'freedom rides,' a series of assaults on southern segregation that for the first time brought student protesters into conflict with the Kennedy administration. — Clayborne Carson [1]
Or, as one Movement veteran succinctly put it: "S.N.C.C. became SNICK!" 

Wednesday, March 13th
Freedom Rides
Guest Speaker: Mimi Real (Freedom Rider)

Monday, March 18th
Toward Freedom Summer
READ: Chapter 7 in Lessons

Wednesday, March 20th
Preparations for Freedom Summer
READ: Lessons: Chapter 8

Wednesday, April 3
Development of Local Leadership
Guest Speaker: Wazir Peacock (Mississippi, SNCC, 1960-63)

NO CLASS April 8th OR April 10th
McComb, Mississippi 1961-63

Monday, April 15th
Freedom Schools and the Arts, Part 2
Guest Speaker: Chude Allen (Freedom School Teacher)

Wednesday, April 17th
The Mississippi Freedom Democratic PartyMOVIE: Freedom on My Mind (excerpts)
READ: Chapter 10
Movie: Eyes on the Prize (excerpts)

Monday, April 29th
Organizing in Lowndes County
Guest Speaker: Jimmy Rogers

Wednesday, May 1st
The FBI's War on Black America
MOVIE: Orangeburg Massacre

Monday, May 6th -- What did the movement accomplish?
Guest Speaker: Phil Hutchings



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