Everyday Youth


One of the most successful activist organizations in the 1960s was the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “snick”). This interracial organization, which, in keeping with its name, was overwhelmingly run by young people, led grassroots voter registration efforts as well as highly effective direct action challenges to segregation and discrimination. The Student Voice was SNCC’s newsletter, circulating news from local chapters across the country. This June 1962 issue contains an article on the SNCC national conference, where attendees discussed the finer points of direct action tactics, reflected on the violence endured by their fellow activists, and learned about the relevance of legal awareness for their work—vital topics for those devising the logistics for activism in their respective communities.