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March 31: Former Chair of Civil Rights Organization to Speak

Chuck McDew was chair of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-23-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Chuck McDew, former chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a civil rights organization formed in 1960, and a retired Metropolitan State University professor, will speak at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. in Morris Hall 103.

McDew’s lecture, titled “We Are the People We’ve Been Waiting For,” is free and open to the public, and is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History Spring Lecture Series.

McDew will provide his insight on civil rights history as well as current events.

McDew was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a civil rights organization formed in 1960 by college students challenging racial segregation at lunch counters in the American South. Under McDew’s leadership, SNCC began conducting voting rights campaigns such as Freedom Summer, a 1964 project to encourage black voting rights in Mississippi. McDew was actively involved in planning and conducting many of SNCC’s voting rights campaigns. His activism contributed to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

For more information about the Department of History’s Spring Lecture Series, please contact the department office by phone at 507-389-1618, or contact Angela Cooley, assistant professor of history, by phone at 507-389-1248 or by email at

The Department of History is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, which is co-sponsor of the lecture along with the University’s Department of Government, Honors Program, Institutional Diversity and Department of Ethnic Studies.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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