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Black Power The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee the SNCC otherwise known as snick was founded in Raleigh North Carolina 1960 wwwibiblioorgsncc It originally consisted of black and white college students protesting and demonstrating in a peaceful manner to speed desegregation in the SouthWorld Book Encyclopedia Col 2 By 1970 the committee had been abandoned due to conflict within the group and too varied ideologies within the group However how did the group get to the point of termination Who were its leaders Where were the differences of opinion Originally when the group was founded the black community of the United States of America was highly oppressed The situation in the South was bad segregation was commonplace in the South Obviously the black community desired ramifications with hopes to better their current situation Aided by charismatic leaders usually found through the black Southern churches many organizations began to arise One such organization originally led by Congressman John Lewis was the SNCC John Lewis held true to what the organization stood for a nonviolent activist group determined to make a difference adhering to an ideal that change could be met through verbal exchanges and symbolic protests The SNCCs first political protest before they were officially recognized as the SNCC occurred on February 1st 1960 when black college students from North Carolina AT University refused to leave a Woolworths lunch counter in Greensboro North Carolina where they had been denied servicewwwibiblioorgsncc Ultimately the SNCC organized and declared itself a civil rights organization on the campus of Shaw University found in Raleigh North Carolina two months later The organization kept its word under the leadership of John Lewis to act in a nonviolent means However in 1966 John Lewis was replaced with a man who would soon become a very controversial figure in the movement Stokely Carmichael For six years Snick acted in accordance with other civil rights organizations to take on peaceful protests These
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