Brief Description:

This Friends of SNCC chapter raised money through a voluntary poll tax, which helped draw attention to voter suppression methods. Yale student volunteers, like others, faced violence from white locals, police harassment, and arrest while in the South. Some arrests were only resolved once FBI agents intervened on their behalf. Below you can read about the frequent violence and police harassment volunteers and Mississippi African Americans faced. Yale Professors were active in SNCC’s activity and helped foster involvement among the student body. Rev. Clement Burns became involved in this chapter after he was transferred from Philadelphia by his parish.


  • Abbie Hoffman
  • Tim Jenkins
  • Eleanor Holmes
  • Steve Bingham
  • Naomi Lane
  • Marianne Janowitz
  • Chuck Turner
  • Peter Countryman
  • Mary Ann Janowitz
  • Rev. Clement Burns


John Dittmer Oral History Interview, Shelton Stromquist Papers, 1963-1978, Wisconsin Historical Society

Summary of events October 22 through 28, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Records, 1962-1971, Wisconsin Historical Society

Summer in Mississippi: Freedom Moves in to Stay, Jerry DeMuth Papers, 1962-1987, Wisconsin Historical Society

The Educator, Social Action Vertical File, Wisconsin Historical Society

SNCC Running Summary of Incidents, July 23, Hank Werner Papers, Wisconsin Historical Society

Rights Council Collects $450 to Assist SNCC, Yale Daily News, November 5, 1964

Yale Rights Workers to Transport Voters, Collect ‘Tax’ at Polls, Yale Daily News, November 2, 1964

SNCC Gospel Concert Scheduled for Saturday, Yale Daily News, October 14, 1964

Yale in Mississippi: ‘Exhilarating Days’, Yale Daily News, September 14, 1964

Professors in Mississippi Call it ‘Exhilarating’ Summer, Yale Daily News, September 16, 1964

At Albertus Rights Activist, Yale Daily News, November 20, 1964

Folk Group Sings About Negro Plight, Yale Daily News, March 11, 1963

A Start for the Hill Union, Yale Daily News, December 1, 1965

US Racial Problem ‘One Gigantic Myth’ According to Gregory, Yale Daily News, April 30, 1963

Abbie and Dinosaurs, Yale Daily News, January 29, 1969

Dick Gregory on Campus to Help Civil Rights Drive, Yale Daily News, April 22, 1964

New Mississippi Laws Threaten Rights Drive, Yale Daily News, May 1, 1964

Summer Project the Best Way?, Yale Daily News, May 1 1964