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Founding of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation
(CIC). White Methodist ministers Will Alexander
and Willis D. Weatherford, black leaders Robert
Moton of Tuskegee Institute and YMCA leader R.
E. Jones, and progressive industrialist John J.
Eagan, who is named the Commission's first president,
appoint a staff of one white and one black man
in each Southern state "as mediators and
organizers of concerned citizens willing to work
for improved race relations."
Early Commission work includes campaign led by
sociologist and CIC Education Director Robert
Eleazer to reshape the coverage of African Americans
in the media.
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Two Commission publications, Charles S. Johnson's Collapse of Cotton Tenancy and Ira De A.
Reid and Arthur Raper's Sharecroppers All,
impact Roosevelt administration rural policy.
Inspired by the NAACP's Anti-Lynching Crusaders
and leaders like Mary McLeod Bethune, the CIC
Women's Committee forms the Association of Southern
Women for the Prevention of Lynching under the
leadership of Jessie Daniel Ames.
The Tragedy of Lynching, by sociologist
Arthur Raper, is published by the Commission.
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The "generation before the civil rights
movement" laid crucial groundwork that bore
fruit in the coming two decades. The Commission
transformed into the Southern Regional Council.
A series of meetings attended by black and white
leaders results in the new Southern Regional Council
"to attain through research and action the
ideals and practices of equal opportunity for
all peoples of the region." University of
North Carolina sociologist Howard Odum is elected
first president of the Council, and Guy B. Johnson
is named its first executive director. Charles
S. Johnson, president of Fisk University, is the
first chair of the executive committee.
SRC works for implementation of the Brown
v. Board of Education decision, forming local
and state Human Relations Councils to bring together
black and white citizens.
Atlanta University President Dr. Rufus B. Clement
elected first black member of the Atlanta Board
of Education; in 1954, Clement becomes chair of
the SRC Executive Committee.
SRC participates in The Ashmore Project, which
produces a study documenting harmful effects of
segregation, The Negro in the Schools.
The study influences the U.S. Supreme Court during
the implementation of Brown v. Board of Education.
The Voter Education Project, founded as a Council
project, begins to successfully register more
than two million black voters. Wiley Branton,
Vernon Jordan, and John Lewis are the first three
directors of the project.
SRC is among the first organizations to come
out in support of the student sit-ins which begin
in Greensboro February 1, 1960. SRC-initiated
Hunger Task Force helps pave the way for America's
food stamp program
SRC leads several regional organization in founding
the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, created
to support cooperative rural economic development
in the region. The first Lillian Smith Book Award,
named for the Georgia writer known for her outspoken
views against segregation, is given to George
Tindall for The Emergence of the New South.
Increasing the Options, a publication
resulting from an SRC-sponsored task force on
Southern rural development which included Jimmy
Carter, Ray Marshall, Juanita Kreps, and Alexander
Heard, chairman of the Ford Foundation, details
the determined persistence of Southern poverty
during the 1970s.
The Southern Legislative Research Council begins
its work to aid the growing number of black elected
officials at the state and local level in the
SRC's voting rights programs begin; over the
next fifteen years the programs produce fair redistricting
plans for more than 2,000 jurisdictions in the
SRC launches an educational campaign which helps
lead to the extension and strengthening of the
Voting Rights Act.
First biennial Climate for Workers in the
U.S. report issued by SRC's Southern Labor
The Black Belt Democracy Project analyzes rural
electric cooperatives, identifying discriminatory
co-op election patterns.
Community Fellows Institute begins: community
leaders throughout the South trained to change
and improve public schools.
Delta Principals Institute begins: 75 principals
throughout the Mississippi Delta were trained
through peer leadership.
SRC Experts-In-Training program begins training
28 African American, Latino, Asian American and
Native American experts in voting rights enforcement
SRC's Center for School Success begins providing
training and technical assistance to over 500
literacy and education sites nationwide that are
funded through the Corporation for National Service
SRC establishes the middle school peer leadership
initiative with the Atlanta Public Schools to
increase student learning. SRC Communications
Production of Southern
Changes is moved entirely inside SRC for the
first time. SRC organizational website debuts.
Initial broadcast of "Will
the Circle Be Unbroken? An Audio History of
the Civil Rights Movement in Five Southern Communities
and the Music of Those Times" to over 250
public radio stations nationwide. The culmination
of almost twenty years of research and production.
Strategic planning-Voting Rights Program renamed Fair Representation.
SRC's premier publication, Southern
Changes¸ celebrates its twentieth anniversary.
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" wins
the George Foster Peabody Award, the most
prestigious award in broadcasting.
Seeking an America
as Good as Its Promise, a report based on
SRC's nationwide survey of white attitudes toward
affirmative action remedies is published and receives
nationwide press coverage.
Youth Empowerment Program proposal development
& dissemination; Precinct Realignment Services
begun; Campaign Finance Reform & GA Anti-Discrimination
Law Coalition activities begun; Cost Recovery
Custom Research Services expanded.
SRC launches new program: Partnerships
for Racial Unity to build bridge of cooperation
and multi-racial understanding.
First publicly accessible on-line redistricting
(plan drawing ) services tested in-house; Voting
Rights Help Net designed & begun; precision
non-voter targeting services initiated, Regaining
The Voting Rights Offensive pilot research plan-in
the Circle Be Unbroken?" compact discs
and cassette tapes and curriculum guide made available
to the public.
Through an partnership with Emory University,
searchable, full-text of Southern Changes back
available on Web.
SRC celebrates its 80th anniversary with The
Homecoming, April 27, 2000
The papers of the Southern Regional Council, the Commission
on Interracial Cooperation and Association of
Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching
are available at selected libraries and from UMI
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Council study reveals that minority voters in Georgia were almost
two times more likely than white voters to live
in counties that use the most error-prone voting