Joining the Civil Rights Movement

While Sheila was attending Catholic University in Washington D.C., she became involved in the Civil Rights movement, an experience that radicalized her politically, and led to a decades-long period of left-wing political work.

She participated in a series of demonstrations and other political activities in Cambridge, Maryland during the summer of 1963.

Around this time she also got involved with SNCC, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and later participated in the Mississippi Freedom Summer voting rights drive.

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