The Civil Rights Movement reached its peak in the 1960s and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) students did more than their part in this monumental effort to teach the nation that democracy really meant equality. With the formation of the Student Nonviolent Freedom Committee (SNFC) in July of 1962, SIU students placed themselves on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement. Black and white, male and female students fighting to uphold the belief that all people were created equal. Their philosophical and religious ideals of nonviolence to end racial discrimination in southern Illinois became the organization’s foundation for social change. Not only did these students help their own community overcome racial injustice, but they initiated movements in Cairo and Murphysboro, Illinois. This paper carefully examines the activism of SIUC students and the manner in which they fought to eliminate the social injustices of the time.