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SNCC Legacy Project Backs #BlackLivesMatter

A group of civil rights era activists have passed the torch to members of the Black Lives Matter movement.

One week after the Movement for Black Lives released a wide-ranging list of demands, the activists’ call for change has earned an endorsement from delegates of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

The famed student organizing group formed in the 1960s, a period where racial tensions were extremely high between Blacks and whites in the country.

In a letter signed by more than 67 former SNCC members, the activists, who now operate under the umbrella of the SNCC Legacy Project, wrote that, “we of yesterday’s SNCC say to today’s #BlackLivesMatter, ‘Ya’ll take if from here!”

“The Black Lives Matter Global Network is honored to have SNCC’s support. Our leaders and organizers pull from the SNCC playbook often, tethering our intergenerational struggles for Black liberation and justice just as our ancestors did before us,” said BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. “We could not do this work without their sacrifice.”

Click here to read SNCC Legacy Project’s full statement.