Colia Liddell LaFayette Clark was one of the lead organizers for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1963, in Selma, Alabama. As we all saw in the recent film, Selma, it was in 1965 that Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference launched, in Selma, the campaign that would lead to the mass mobilizations that are commemorated in the movie and in several 50th anniversaries this spring, and would also culminate in the 1965 Voting Rights bill that passed Congress as a response to the marches, (and the fierce repression against marchers).
Today, Colia Clark (her first name is pronounced, “CO-lee”) lives in New York and is still an activist. Our discussion, on this episode of Love In A Dangerous Time, centers on those years of organizing that lead to the successful culmination of this particular struggle. Colie points out some of the important information that is left out of the movie.
Here are some useful links:
Colia Clark’s Wikipedia bio
Article: The Selma Voting Rights Struggle: 15 Key Points from Bottom-Up History and Why It Matters Today – By Emilye Crosby
Field Report of SNCC organizing activities, by Colia LaFayette, April 6, 1963