Lynn Goldsmith Organizes for the SCOPE in 1965


Lynn Goldsmith was a freshman at Brandeis University when she volunteered for a summer voter registration project called the Summer Community Organization and Political Education Project (SCOPE), organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The SCLC was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bayard Rustin and was at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement. The SCLC, in coordination with universities, designed the SCOPE Project to increase voter registration and provide political education. The SCOPE Project recruited college students nationwide to work with African Americans in the South. Over 600 students from more than 100 universities in the U.S. eventually volunteered for the SCOPE Project.  Brandeis University’s Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department houses Goldsmith’s diary, photographs, correspondence, and papers.

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