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Cleveland Sellers: The SNCC Years-Coming Through The Fire

Posted by: wrightd | September 18, 2014 Comments Off on Cleveland Sellers: The SNCC Years-Coming Through The Fire |

sellers16x20bOriginally curated in 2009 as part of the Avery Research Center’s traveling exhibition program,  the exhibition, “Cleveland Sellers: The SNCC Years-Coming Through The Fire” will reopen in 2014 in observance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer. Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers was born in Denmark, South Carolina and attended Howard University. While at Howard, Sellers became a member of the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG), an affiliate of SNCC (Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee). In 1964, Sellers joined SNCC’s Mississippi Summer Project (also known as Freedom Summer) to organize African-American voter registration in Mississippi. Three civil rights activists, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner were infamously murdered while working on this project. SNCC members eventually elected Sellers to be their Program Secretary in 1965. Today, Dr. Sellers is the president of Voorhees University in Denmark, South Carolina. This exhibition draws from the Cleveland Sellers archival collection at the Avery Research Center and features letters, newspapers, magazines, photographs, music, broadsides, and ephemera that document the Freedom Summer project. Cox Gallery. Opens Thursday, September 18, 2014 – January 21, 2015.

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