Northern Student Movement

Northern Student Movement

Northern Student Movement
Founded 1961
Founder Peter J. Countryman
Dissolved 1966?
Type Civil rights organization
Focus Tutoring 3,500 inner city youth in northeastern cities (1963); later sent students to sit-ins in the South and organized direct-action protests in the North.
Origins Conference of the New England Student Christian Movement (1961)
Method Volunteerism, education, community organizing
Key people
Peter J. Countryman
William L. Strickland
50 (1963)
2,200 (1963)
Slogan " build community organizations so that the deprived can use their power for change." --William L. Strickland [1]
External images NSM veterans Bill Strickland, Frank Joyce and Joan Cannaday Countryman in a 2010 panel discussion in Raleigh, N.C., sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

The Northern Student Movement (NSM) was an Yale University in 1961 by Peter J. Countryman (1942–1992). It grew out of the work of a committee formed by the New England Student Christian Movement.[1] Its initial convention, the Inter-Collegiate Conference on Northern Civil Rights, was held at Sarah Lawrence College in April 1962.[2]

Countryman began NSM's work by collecting books for a predominantly rent strikes in the North.[1][4][5]

Originally headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, NSM moved to New York City.[6] Countryman stepped down as NSM's executive director in 1963 and was replaced by William L. Strickland.[7]

The records of the Northern Student Movement, including a complete run of its periodical, Freedom North, are on file with the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division of the New York Public Library.[7]

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c , New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 2001, pp. 462-463.Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American AssociationsNina Mjagkij (ed.), ISBN 0-8153-2309-3 In 1967, the New England Student Christian Movement changed its name to the University Christian Movement in New England. [1]
  2. ^ , p. 181.
  3. ^ , May 17, 1963.Time"Education: Down-to-Earth Idealism,"
  4. ^ , University of Kansas, v. 47, no. 1, (2006) pp. 53-79.American StudiesMandi Issacs Jackson, "Harlem's Rent Strike and Rat War: Representation, Housing Access and Tenant Resistance in New York, 1958-1964,"
  5. ^ , May 10, 1965.The NationJack Newfield, "The Student Left,"
  6. ^ Abstract: Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference, Raleigh, N.C., 2010
  7. ^ a b Northern Student Movement Records, 1961-1966, New York Public Library. Strickland later joined the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst [2].

External links

  • Northern Student Movement: A collection of articles and links to resources that describe the work of a civil rights organization founded by Peter Countryman and others....
  • Columbia University Libraries, Columbia Center for Oral History: Oral history interviews about the Northern Student Movement