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Forman, James

b. 1928 - d. 2005

James Forman was a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Black Panther Party and the International Black Workers Congress. As executive secretary of SNCC he propelled it to the forefront of the civil rights movement. In 1965, Forman was replaced and briefly took leadership of the Black Panthers, where he worked to merge the two organizations. After the failed merger, Forman became active in several other radical political organizations and founded a nonprofit, the Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee. He opposed Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s top-down style, instead advocating radical grassroots leadership. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees and was a prolific author. He demanded reparations from the churches and the pursuit of revolutionary goals.

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Answers in the American Way

This text derives from a television show outlining the facts of the Black Panther Party. In attendance were civil rights activist like Dr. King, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rapp Brown and their affiliates within the Civil Rights Movement.

Interview about Refusal to Seat Julian Bond

This is transcript of a question and answer period following a news conference at which Dr. King made a statement regarding the Georgia State Legislature's refusal to seat Julian Bond after Bond announced his support of a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) news release opposing the Vietnam War. King led a protest rally to the state house.

Letter from John Lewis to MLK

In this letter, John Lewis requests a loan for the amount of $10,000 from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference so that the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee can meet their payroll and cover pressing bills. He then speaks on the importance of continuous dialogue between the SCLC and SNCC.

Letter from John Lewis to Rev. Ralph Abernathy

John Lewis thanks the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Board of Directors for their five thousand dollar contribution to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Letter from Malcolm X to MLK

Malcolm X invites Dr. King, along with other Negro leaders, to give an analysis and a solution on the current "race problem" at a rally in New York on August 10th.

Letter from MLK to James Foreman

Dr. King informs James Forman of SNCC that the SCLC will not be able to "defray the cost of the litigation" concerning Bob Zellner. He explains that a recent benefit event did not raise as much money as expected.

Letter from Ralph D. Abernathy to John Lewis of SNCC

Ralph D. Abernathy, Vice President and Financial Secretary-Treasurer of the SCLC, sends a check as a gift to John Lewis, Chairman of SNCC. Abernathy also informs Lewis of the SCLC's financial situation, which prevents the organization from making a loan to SNCC.

Letter from SNCC's Dorothy Miller to MLK

Dorothy Miller of SNCC writes Dr. King informing him of the arson attempt at the SNCC office and thanks him for a previous correspondence regarding the case of Bob Zellner.

Summit Conference Program

This program outlines the schedule and issues of concern to be addressed at the Summit Conference.

The Negro Speaks

Several prominent African Americans describe the issues that plague the black community. Some of these issues include poverty, segregation, civil rights and race relations.

Transcript of National Educational Television's For Freedom Now

For Freedom Now, with host Dr. Kenneth Clark, is television’s first exchange of ideas by the leaders of five organizations engaged in securing full civil rights for Negroes. Featured guests are Dr. King of SCLC, Whitney Young of the National Urban League, James Farmer of CORE, James Forman of SNCC, and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP.