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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Rosa Parks’s name badge for Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, 1964. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (044.00.00)

The Detroit Friends of SNCC

Rosa Parks’s bus stand triggered a wave of student sit-ins across the South. In 1960 Ella Baker helped the students organize the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to direct the movement. Rosa helped run the Detroit Friends of SNCC. She supported the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a major voter registration campaign in Mississippi. In 1966 she joined Stokely Carmichael and other SNCC workers in Alabama to support the formation of the Lowndes County Freedom Organization or Black Panther Party.