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Voting Rights

SNCC slowly evolved from a protest organization into an organization of organizers–“field secretaries”–embedding themselves in rural communities across the Black Belt and concentrating their efforts on voter registration. In the Black Belt, Black people made up 60 to 80% of the population. As Amzie Moore told Bob Moses in their early meetings, if Black people in the Black Belt were allowed to vote, they could elect officials at every level who could represent their concerns. SNCC’s fight for voting rights spanned from voter registration to organizing parallel and later independent political parties.