Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 1960: SNCC formed

At an Easter weekend gathering at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., young activists form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as part of a civil rights movement that was quickly gaining momentum. (Sit-ins had spread across the South since the Greensboro incident of Feb. 1.) The gospel song "We Shall Overcome," performed at the meeting by Guy Carawan, becomes the unofficial anthem of the movement.

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