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The Movement History Initiative (MHI) is a collaboration among veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC Legacy Project), today's activists and grassroots organizations (e.g., New Georgia Project and BYP100), the John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and noted scholars and archivists at Duke University and other institutions. The group first met in 2013 to conceive a project that would present a different narrative of the Civil Rights Movement, telling that story from the ground up and the inside out. MHI partners focus on preserving the legacy of the grassroots organizing tradition and its influence on the black freedom struggle of the 1960’s and on identifying how that tradition is carried on through contemporary movements. Over the years, the MHI has developed two websites (One Person, One Vote and the SNCC Digital Gateway); two expansive Critical Oral History programs, featuring both inter and intra-generational conversations; two K-12 Teacher Institutes; several workshops; a voting rights conference; and video documentation for three national conferences. Through this work, the partners have built relationships across generations and have documented an intergenerational transfer of movement experience in real time.

MHI Group Photo

Current Projects

Our Story Our Terms: Documenting Movement Building from the Inside Out (2021-2025)

SNCC and Grassroots Organizing: Building a More Perfect Union (2023-2025)


MHI Timeline

Past Projects

One Person, One Vote: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future, Voting Rights Conference (2015)

One Person, One Vote website (lauched 2015)

SNCC Legacy Project, Center for Documentary Studies Critical Oral History Conferences

  • "The Emergence of Black Power, 1964-1967" (2016)
  • "The Road to the Voting Rights Act of 1965" (2018)

SNCC Digital Gateway, website (launched 2017)

NEH Teachers Institute, The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives (2018)

NEH Teachers Institute, The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives (2021)

Websites and Digital Content

SNCC & Grassroots Organizing Discussion Series, Arts & Culture Toolkit

SNCC & Grassroots Organizing: Interpretive Booklet

SDG Homepage

SNCC Digital Gateway: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work

SNCC Legacy Project homepage

SNCC Legacy Project

Civil Rights Movement Archive

Civil Rights Movement Archive

SNCC Digital Gateway Logo

SNCC Digital Gateway Project Interviews and Clips on Vimeo

One Person One Vote Logo

One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights


"Cultural Memory as Social Justice: The Critical Oral History Methodology" by Danita Mason-Hogans, Wesley Hogan, and Geri Augusto, The Grassroots Leadership & the Arts for Change Corner

"Building and Transferring Movement Informational Wealth: The SNCC Digital Gateway" by Courtland Cox, Karlyn Forner, John Gartrell, Wesley Hogan, Jennifer Lawson, Isabell Moore and Naomi Nelson, Journal of African American History, vol. 105, no. 4, Fall 2020

"Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future: Building the SNCC Digital Gateway" by Geri Augusto, Molly Bragg, William Chafe, Charles Cobb, Courtland Cox, Emilye Crosby, Karlyn Forner, John Gartrell, Wesley Hogan, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Jennifer Lawson, Naomi Nelson, Judy Richardson, Will Sexton, and Timothy Tyson, Digital Community Engagement, Partnering Communities with the Academy, 2020

Events and Public Programs

SNCC Digital Gateway Closing Exercises (2018)

Music and the Movement, Sept. 19, 2017, North Carolina Central University

Organizing Lowndes County: Then and Now, April 10, 2017, Duke University

The Struggle Continues: A Dialogue with SNCC Veterans, September 29, 2016, Duke University

Our Stories, Your Leagcy: A Dialogue with SNCC Veterans, March 9, 2016, Duke University

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