In this section, contemporary activists break down how SNCC’s work continues to be relevant to their organizing today.

What we’re focusing on now is no different…than organizations like SNCC, CORE, and the Black Panther Party were focused on in generations before. – phillip agnew, Dream Defenders

These questions and the answers of today’s organizers speak to enduring themes at the heart of SNCC’s work: uniting with local people to build a grassroots movement for change that empowered Black communities and transformed the nation. The reasoning behind SNCC’s thinking and the lessons they learned continue to resonate today.

Local people are at the center of our work. If you can’t love the people, you can’t lead the people. … Local communities define what’s in their best interest. – Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP