What kind of support did the students involved in the sit-ins receive in the 1960s?

Ella Baker, the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), was one of the organization’s most militant members.

She asked her colleagues at colleges and churches to help, and suggested that the SCLC call a meeting of students involved in the sit-ins. Three hundred students, black and white, attended.

She advised them to form their own group, and the meeting ended with the formation of a student-run group that would organize the sit-in effort: the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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