55min | English | 1 April 2019
Mr. Cox joined the Nonviolent Action Group (NAG) in 1960, the Howard University chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee [SNCC], during his fall of his freshman year. For the next seven years, Mr. Cox worked throughout the South on behalf of SNCC, and held leadership positions on SNCC’s Coordinating Council and Executive Committee. He was a member of the March on Washington Steering Committee and also and served as SNCC’s delegate to the War Crimes Tribunal organized by Bertram Russell in 1967. Here, Mr. Cox discusses his decision to join the Southern freedom movement, his early work with NAG, the importance of a media presence in the civil rights movement, the March on Washington and his impressions of and relationship with Julian Bond.
An interview with Courtland Cox for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University. Conducted in Washington, D.C. by Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government at American University and Project Director. This project documents the rise of Julian Bond from his early years in the Atlanta student movement to becoming a founding member and later communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his rise to national prominence by 1968.
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Project Director: Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government, American University Research and Technical Support: Gracie Brett, Lianna Bright, Audra Gale and Colleen Vivaldi