The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee held its 50th anniversary conference at Shaw University here, April 15-18, 2010.
At its founding here on April 17, 1960, the now-legendary civil rights organization adopted its first formal program. Life long Communist Party USA activist Debbie Bell was a founding member, serving alongside Julian Bond, Harry Belafonte, John Lewis (now a member of Congress from Georgia), Freedom Singer and Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon, the Revs. David Forbes and James Lawson, Joyce Ladner and Dick Gregory.
- Joyce Ladner spoke about how she and her sisters entered into the struggle with support from her parents. Like many African American parents who understood how to survive under Jim Crow and had serious concerns about the welfare of their children, her parents nevertheless supported their independent decisions to strike a blow for freedom. The parents often acted, in their own way, as the rearguard..