Connie's Work

Constance Curry has been remembered in a multitude of ways:

Connie authored and collaborated on several books relevant to the civil rights movement, including:

  • Silver Rights, 1995 (Lillian Smith Book Award for Nonfiction, 1996)

  • Aaron Henry: The Fire Ever Burning, 2000 (with Aaron Henry)

  • Mississippi Harmony, Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter, 2002 (with Winson Hudson)

  • Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement, 2002 (editor)

  • The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement, 2008 (with Bob Zellner)

In 2003, the film The Intolerable Burden was produced, based on Silver Rights. The film was directed by Chea Prince and produced by Connie.

 

Connie attended the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's (SNCC) founding conference in April 1960. Soon after, she was chosen by student representatives and the executive committee to be one of two adult advisors for the organization (along with Ella Baker). Connie also monitored SNCC demonstrations and sit-ins, sharing their progress with the media and other sympathetic groups. 

You can read SNCC's account of Connie's life and work here, along with memos, reports and letters.

Her important work is further remembered in museums and exhibits dedicated to the civil rights movement, including the National Center for Civil & Human Rights and the Albany Civil Rights Institute

Samples of Connie's work, include:

Connie will be remembered at the SNCC 60th Anniversary Conference in Washington DC on June 3–5, 2021. More information is available here.