Welcome to the website,One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights. This is the pilot initiative of an ongoing collaboration between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University. As we celebrate the launch of One Person, One Vote, let’s take a look back to where this project started in November 2013.
Sixteen months later – after hard work, amazing efforts, and inspiring collaboration by all involved – we’re proud to present to you the new documentary website, One Person, One Vote.
Before the beatings on the bridge in Selma… Before the Voting Rights Act of 1965…Young people in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) united with local communities in the Deep South to build a grassroots movement for change. SNCC’s organizing and voting rights work, which began in 1961 in Mississippi and Georgia, continued beyond Selma and the Voting Rights Act. One Person, One Vote: the Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights tells the story of how SNCC’s commitment to community organizing forged a movement for voting rights made up of thousands of local people. In the crucible of extreme violence, SNCC organized alongside local Black residents to take control of their lives and communities. The grassroots movement they built together sought to make real the promise of America: equal opportunity for all… one person, one vote. Sharecroppers and maids, World War II veterans and high school students, young activists and seasoned mentors are the heroes of the struggle for voting rights. One Person, One Vote is here to honor them – and continue their battle.