The Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) Project of 1965 was developed as a response to a call from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for northern students to participate in the civil rights activities in the south. Directed by Hosea Williams, the Project expanded on the efforts of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project sponsored by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). After orientation in Atlanta, Georgia, 500 predominantly white volunteers from northern and western universities travelled to communities all over the southern states, many staying in the homes of local African-American families. Often at risk of violence or arrest, SCOPE volunteers collaborated with locals to run voter registration drives, hold information sessions, and assist with other community organization efforts.
Dean Savage was born and raised in Washington State. He attended Stanford University, obtaining his bachelor's degree in History in 1963. He was a graduate student at Columbia University when Jim Shenton, lauded history professor at Columbia, recruited students to join the SCOPE Project. Savage went to Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he spent the summer working to increase voter registration among African-Americans. Savage participated in many civil rights initiatives, starting with a demonstration outside a Woolworth's in Palo Alto, California, in support of the original 1960 Woolworth's sit-in at Greensboro, South Carolina. He was politically active throughout the 1960s, and continues to advocate for equality through his scholarly work today.
Savage obtained his masters' degree in History and his PhD in Sociology, both at Columbia, completing his studies in 1975. Savage is currently a Professor of Sociology at Queens College, CUNY, where he has taught since 1971. He has served as the Department Chair and currently teaches the seminar "Inequality in Higher Education."
The Dean Savage Papers document Savage's experience volunteering with the Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) Project during the summer of 1965, specifically in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. The collection contains 16 color photographs taken in Orangeburg and Atlanta during that summer. Images include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at SCOPE orientation in Atlanta on June 15, 1965; volunteer arrests on August 2, 1965 after organizing a sit-in protesting a cut in voter registration hours; the subsequent court hearing; a Klu Klux Klan (KKK) rally held in the area; the house in Orangeburg where many of the volunteers stayed; and other meetings and celebrations. The collection also contains a pamphlet from the KKK rally, newspaper articles on arrests, transcripts from the SCOPE orientation in Atlanta, and supplemental materials provided by Dean Savage for context.
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KZSU Project South Interviews (SC0066), Stanford University, California.
Moshe Shur Papers, Queens College, New York.
Lynn Goldsmith Papers, a digital exhibit via Brandeis University, Massachusetts.
The book The SCOPE of Freedom: The Leadership of Hosea Williams with Dr. King's Summer '65 Student Volunteers by Willy Siegel Leventhal, available through the Queens College Library, call number E185.615 .L48 2005
Civil rights movement--United States--History--20th century
Civil rights--United States
Council of Federated Organizations. (U.S.)
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )–-History–-20th century.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
New York (N.Y.)
Orangeburg County (S.C.)
Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987
Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Summer Community Organization and Political Education.
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Item, date (if known), box, folder, Dean Savage Papers, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.
Donated by Dean Savage in 2011.