Document 49A: Steering Committee, "The steering committee has combined the questions," Waveland, Mississippi, [6-12 November 1964], Elaine DeLott Baker Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Introduction

   The questions presented here for discussion sought to summarize the basic themes of the conference as gleaned from the position papers. Group four's questions included "the role of women in SNCC."

The steering committee has combined the questions which were raised in the workshops last night, with the questions and comments brought out this morning. They have been grouped arbitrarily and are to be taken up in workshops this afternoon. This was done in order to help the staff come to basic decisions about what our goals are. These decisions should be made in the workshops and then brought back to the general sessions to be presented to the rest of the staff for agreement.

Group I (Cynthia Washington)

What do we BuiId?

How do we work in the field?

Who are we working for?

What about teaching and training of local people?

Definition of SNCC (moved from simplicity to complexity).

GROUP II (Jimmy Travis)

What do we build?

How do we do what we are going to do?

Relationship of organizers to groups. After organizing, then what?

Definition of SNCC (moved from simplicity to complexity).

GROUP III (Janet Jemmott)

How do we work in the field?

How do we do what we are going to do?

Our relationship to groups we have organized.

Are we reformers or changers?

How independent of Atlanta?

GROUP IV (Barbara Jones)

Who are we working for?

Relationship of organizers to groups.

What do do with groups who want to affiliate with us?

Small workshops in Atlanta?

Role of women in SNCC.

GROUP V (Sandy Leigh)

relationship of groups we have organized

What about groups who want to affiliate.

Why COFO, FDP, etc.,?

Begin with an ideology or develop goals.

Group VI (Francis Mitchell)

Why COFO, FDP, etc.?

What do we think about people: us, others?

Do we move out of local communities?

If we do, when do we move out of the local communities ?

What is the relationship of SNCC to the "establishment" (local and national).

GROUP VII (Dona Moses)

What do we think about people? us, others?

What about staff and local identity?

Relationship of SNCC to the Establishment (local and national)

Do we begin an ideology or develop goals?

Why COFO, FDP, etc.

GROUP VIII (Cordell Reagon)

Do we move out of local communities?

If we move out, when do we move out?

Need for more educational material.

Training or teaching of staff people.

What do we do with groups who want to affiliate with us?

GROUP IX (Bill Hall)

Local Staff vs. local identity.

Training and teaching of staff people.

After organizing, then what?

Small workshops in Atlanta?

Need for more educational material.

GROUP X (Amanda)

Training or teaching of staff.

Training and teaching of local people.

How independent of Atlanta.

Where do we go; short-long run?

Do we reform or do we change?

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