How HBCU Students Impacted the Civil Rights Movement

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  • Norman Francis
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  • Ruby Doris Smith Robinson
  • Patricia and Priscilla Stephens
  • The Greensboro Four

Bernice Johnson Reagon

In 1962, Bernice Johnson Reagon became part of the Freedom Singers founded by the SNCC. The group traveled nationally to sing songs that expressed the community concerns at the time and to raise money. Reagon began studying at Albany State College in 1959 but was expelled in 1961 after participating in demonstrations sponsored by SNCC. She later transferred to Spelman College, and withdrew to join the Freedom Singers. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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