Brief Description:

Kerner Christianson and Donna Trugman attempted to gain university recognition for this Friends of SNCC chapter in thee Fall Semester of 1965. The Ohio State Student Senate voted against recognizing their chapter, which prevented them from being able to begin fund raising campaigns or to bring speakers to campus. The Student Senate’s vote against this chapter caused some controversy on campus. Ultimately, this chapter did receive recognition before the end of that semester. This chapter was then able to bring local SNCC organizers to speak to the student-body and work on plans for a Freedom Singers concert. This chapter remained active into 1966 and debated whether bussing was a beneficial integration system.


  • Roger Walker
  • Kerner Christianson (President)
  • Donna Trugman (Vice-President)
  • Robert Hoeger
  • Rosemary Casey
  • P. Bernard O’Kelly (Faculty Advisor)


John Michael Houser Affidavit, Freedom Information Service Records, 1962-1979, Wisconsin Historical Society

Student Group Aids SNCC, Lantern, January 11, 1966

Two Alternatives Open for SNCC Recognition, Lantern, October 26, 1965

SNCC Goals Discussed at Meeting, Lantern, January 26, 1966

Recognition Doesn’t Matter, Lantern, November 8, 1965

SCP Gets Recognition to SNCC, Lantern, January 6, 1966

CSA Gives Recognition to SNCC, Lantern, January 6, 1966

Friends of SNCC Seeking Recognition, Lantern, October 12, 1965

Rights Leaders Clash on Methods, Lantern, January 13, 1966

CSA Recognizes New FSF Group, Lantern, December 2, 1965

Union Denied OK, Lantern, November 18, 1965

Union, Friends of SNCC Receive Senate Approval, Lantern, November 5, 1965

Letter to the Editor, Lantern, October 28, 1965

Student Considers Abolition of Senate Necessary, Lantern, November 2, 1965