Institute for Creative Inquiry

SNCC: A Film by Danny Lyon

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Through his own photographs made in the deep south between 1962 and 1964, Danny Lyon tells the story of SNCC, one of the most effective grassroots organizations in American history. Using audio recordings made in churches and mass meetings, of the songs and music that drove the movement, and audio interviews Lyon made in the 1980’s of SNCC leaders, we witness the successes and crushing sacrifices of the movement that “broke the back of Jim Crow and changed America and changed the world, forever.” Lyon weaves together two story lines; the story of John Lewis, who Lyon met in 1962, roomed with in Atlanta and was close to until Lewis gives his final, inspiring interview a few months before his death, then with modern interviews with Julian Bond and Dottie Zellner we learn the amazing story of SNCC, and James Forman, probably the least recognized of the great civil rights leaders of the 1960’s.

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