Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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What factors explain the growing tensions between SNCC and SCLC and the increasing criticisms of King by SNCC workers?

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The Southern Leadership Christian Conference (SCLC) was founded in 1957 by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced "snick") was set up in 1960. Both played important roles in the turbulent sixties—especially in the South—as Black people fought for equality.

James Forman (1928–2005) was the executive secretary of SNCC. He explained that SNCC leadership was indigenous, or based in the community. The plan was to have a broad-based movement that would endure....

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