SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference Volume 12 - Southwest Georgia: "Do You Want to be Free"
FEATURED SPEAKERS Donald Harris (SNCC Field Secretary) Penny Patch (SNCC Field Secretary) Charles Sherrod (SNCC Project Director) Rutha Harris (SNCC Field Secretary) Sam Mahone (SNCC Field Secretary) John Perdew (SNCC Field Secretary)
This panel discusses the Southwest Georgia Project, one of SNCC's earliest and most significant campaigns. Project Director, Charles Sherrod, one of the first of the college students to leave school to work full-time for SNCC, points out that this project "was a Southwest Georgia project not just an Albany, Georgia project" and gives a vivid description of dealing with fear in rural terrain that was as vicious and violent as any place in Mississippi. This session opens with a lively rendition of "This Little Light of Mine" sung by Rutha Harris, in homage to the rich music from the region, and ends with an appearance from Shirley Sherrod who recounts her recent victorious effort to win compensation for black farmers long discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Executive Producer: SNCC Legacy Project, Inc., Documentary Sub-Committee, Karen Spellman, Courtland Cox, Sharlene Kranz, Jennifer Lawson Gittens, Judy Richardson, Joyce Ladner, Charlie Cobb Producer: Natalie Bullock Brown/Ascension Productions Series Editor: Joseph Brandon Johnson Volume Editor: Joseph Brandon Johnson