Supporters of the Civil Rights Movement
Outside assistance to the civil rights movement began to coalesce during the summer of 1964 when a thousand students from Ivy League colleges entered the state to teach in Freedom Schools and do voter registration work. By the end of the Summer Project more than 150 lawyers and law students had provided assistance, 300 ministers organized by the National Council of Churches (NCC) had gone to Mississippi to participate, and more than 100 doctors, nurses and psychologists had provided on-site medical support. Many of these individuals and groups stayed on, providing permanent support in the following years. Organizational support included the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, The Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee (ACLU), and the Lawyers' Guild, later joining forces as the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Medical people organized as the Medical Committee for Human Rights. The Delta Ministry, set up by the NCC supported the Summer Project, and went on to develop anti-poverty programs in the Mississippi Delta. Friends of SNCC groups organized in the urban North to raise money, and send food, clothing, books and other supplies into the South. Prominent artists and entertainers like James Baldwin, Harry Belafante, Joan Baez, Judy Colins and Dick Gregory staged benefits and fund raisers and gave moral support to the growing movement in the South.