1965 April 27

SCOPE Voter Registration Drive Launched


The Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) Project, organized by Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and funded by private foundations, was a voter registration project in the deep south. It was designed as a moderate alternative to more militant civil rights efforts, notably those of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

On the founding of SNCC, go to April 15, 1960. For the censoring of SNCC leader John Lewis’ angry words at the famous 1963 March on Washington, go to August 28, 1963. And for SNCC leader Stokely Carmichael’s “Black Power” speech, go to June 16, 1966.

SNCC, along with C.O.R.E., was the principal organizer of Freedom Summer, which brought about 1,000 college students to Mississippi for a voter registration campaign. The members of Freedom Summer –James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner– were murdered by white racists on June 21, 1964.

Learn more about SCOPE: http://crdl.usg.edu/events/scope_project/?Welcome

Examine original SCOPE documents: http://www.crmvet.org/info/scophome.htm

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