The Story of Greenwood, Mississippi

The Story of Greenwood, Mississippi

produced by Guy Carawan, 1927-2015 (Folkways Records, 1965), 47 mins

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Field of Interest
World Music

The Student Non-Violent Coordination Committee (SNCC) was an organization based in Greenwood, Mississippi that fought for voter registration rights for African-American citizens. Powered by the relentless and courageous efforts of young activists, SNCC assembled more than 80,000 Blacks to vote in the Freedom Ballot campaign of 1963. SNCC organized the campaign in order to allow African-American voters to participate in an election process from which they had long been forced out, and to allow them to support a candidate of their choice. This recording, narrated by SNCC co-founder Bob Moses, is a compilation of testimonies highlighting the struggle endured by African-Americans in SNCC during this time. Voter Cleveland Jordan explains the intent of those involved perfectly when he says, "We don’t mean to fight and we don’t mean to run. We just mean to go to the polls and get our freedom."

Content Type
Music recording
47 mins
Sub Genre
American History, Spoken Word, Gospel Hymns
Folkways Records
Guy Carawan, 1927-2015
Release Date
World Music, American Music, Music & Performing Arts, American Studies, United States and Canada, Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá, United States
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá

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