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From Reconciliation to RevolutionHow the Student Interracial Ministry Took Up the Cause of Civil Rights$
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David P. Cline

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630434

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630434.001.0001

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Into the Heart of the Beast

Into the Heart of the Beast

Ministry in the Fields and Towns of Southwest Georgia, 1965–1968

(p.90) Chapter Four Into the Heart of the Beast
From Reconciliation to Revolution

David P. Cline

University of North Carolina Press

Charles Sherrod was one of two SNCC students who began organizing in Southwest Georgia in 1961 what eventually became the Albany Movement. In 1964, he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City to pursue an advanced degree and joined forces with SIM, recruiting a number of students who would travel to work with him in Georgia in greater numbers each year between 1965 and 1968. Students in Southwest Georgia encountered entrenched racism and white supremacy and focused their efforts on voter registration, electoral politics, economic development and education. As the term “Black Power” gained currency during these years, Sherrod interpreted it to mean black economic and political power and independence, and although most in the nation thought the Albany Movement long over, Sherrod and the SIM students continued to make great advances in Southwest Georgia.

Keywords:   Southwest Georgia, Albany, Georgia, Albany Movement, Rev. Charles Sherrod, SNCC, Black Power

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