One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights

One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights

This ongoing collaboration between Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University Libraries, and the SNCC Legacy Project is an outgrowth of the HWL Emerging Network One Person, One Voice. It centers on the living memory of members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leading force in the fight for minority voting rights in the 1960s. The project's main focus is the SNCC Digital Gateway, a documentary website. Using documentary footage, audio recordings, photographs, and documents, the site portrays how SNCC organizers, alongside thousands of local Black residents, worked so that Black people could take control of their lives. It unveils the inner workings of SNCC as an organization, examining how it coordinated sit-ins and freedom schools, voter registration and economic cooperatives, anti-draft protests and international solidarity struggles. It is a story of unsung heroes: domestic workers and sharecroppers, young organizers and seasoned mentors, World War II veterans and high school students.

The SNCC Digital Gateway is an unprecedented and valuable window onto past civil rights struggles as well as a valuable tool for anyone interested in social change in all of its present-day forms. It is also a work in progress—the content continues to be filled out and stories added. It is the organizers' hope that this digital resource will help sustain the SNCC’s legacy of self-determination and democracy for the generations to come.


Courtland Cox
SNCC Veteran
President, SNCC Legacy Project
John Gartrell
Director, John Hope Franklin Research Center
Wesley C. Hogan
Director, Center for Documentary Studies
Jennifer Lawson
SNCC Veteran
Senior Vice President for Television and Digital Video Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Diane Nelson
Eads Family Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Women's Studies
Timothy B. Tyson
Senior Research Scholar, Center for Documentary Studies