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  • The Spirit of SNCC: Beyond 2020  

    Nearly 60 years ago on the campus of Shaw University, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was born. Shaw alumna and activist, Ella Baker, facilitated the founding of SNCC by student leaders, including then-Shaw student Dr. David C. Forbes, Sr. Those young leaders were not content to simply wait for things to change, and their meeting with the civil rights elders of the day led to the creation of SNCC. From that pivotal first meeting on Shaw’s campus, SNCC went on to become a major force that reinvigorated America’s Civil Rights Movement. 

    Please join us for the “The Spirit of SNCC: Beyond 2020” as Shaw commemorates SNCC’s contributions to society and to history April 3-4, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina.   

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  • Events

    The Spirit of SNCC Kick-off Event

    Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 p.m. |  Estey Hall (Auditorium)
    An artistic tribute honoring the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement. More details to come. (Free and open to the public)

    Young Leaders Meet & Greet

    Friday, April 3, 2020, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Willie E. Gary Student Center (Ballroom)
    Young Leaders will have an opportunity to meet and greet each other and interact on a social level and to network with their peers. Panelist will be available to talk one on one along with other invited guests. At 6:30 p.m., students will all walk to the Gymnasium in an act of solidarity and observance of the SNCC movement. (By Invitation Only)

    Young Leaders Town Hall

    Friday, April 3, 2020, 7 p.m. | C. C. Spaulding Gymnasium
    As an homage to Shaw’s legacy of student civic engagement and to the leadership of the dedicated young people who were the impetus for SNCC’s formation, we expect to emulate the number of student leaders who attended SNCC’s first meeting. The Young Leaders Town Hall will examine SNCC’s historic contributions and explore how young people can and must assume the mantle of leadership in our nation’s journey toward full civil and social justice for all. The Town Hall will include a nationally known moderator and a panel of today’s preeminent figures in civic activism and thought leadership.
    (Free and open to the public) 

    Young Leaders WorkSession: Devising a Plan for Action

    Saturday, April 4, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm (Estey Hall | Dorothy Cowser Yancy Building | Leonard Hall)
    Based on the transcription of key points and observations, comment and suggestions taken from the Town Hall Meeting, students in attendance will be broken up into three groups. Each group will be led by a non-profit social action/justice organization to work through the information and identify action items, movement or and new ideas to confront change in America. (Free and open to the public)

    SNCC Legacy Banquet

    Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m. | Raleigh Convention Center
    Cost: $200 per person | Purchase Tickets 
    The SNCC Legacy Banquet will feature conversations with nationally known speakers. Invited guests include all the presidents and chancellors as well as SGA representatives of all 100 sister HBCUs, as well as leading authorities on SNCC and prominent civil rights and social justice advocates.

    Ella Baker Women Who Lead Luncheon

    Thursday, April 23, 11 a.m. | Estey Hall Auditorium
    Cost: $150 per person | Purchase Tickets 
    The awards recognized women who, regardless of their field of endeavor, have demonstrated leadership and a desire to serve, and have done so with dignity and distinction. Shaw is proud to announce that, from this year forward, the award will be known as the Ella Baker Women Who Lead Award, in honor alumna Ella Josephine Baker. Ms. Baker embodied the award criteria and set the standard for all future honorees. 

  • We invite individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations to help celebrate SNCC’s 60th Anniversary by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship and in-kind contributions help underwrite events and advance Shaw University's $2.5 million Resilience and Opportunity Campaign in support of scholarships, student retention and the endowment fund.

    For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dianne Pledger, Senior Director of Development at 919-546-8455 or

    Become a Sponsor

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