Oberlin College graduate, student activist, and civil rights worker. A member of the National Student Association, its national affairs vice president in 1961, and its liaison to the Students for a Democratic Society in 1962. Potter was elected a member of SDS's National Council during the 1963-1964 school year and served as the organization's president from 1964 to 1965. While covering a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) protest in McComb, Mississippi on October 11, 1961 for the National Student News, he and Tom Hayden were assaulted.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive (University of Southern Mississippi Libraries)
- Freedom summer digital collection (Wisconsin Historical Society)
- Lipsky--SNCC, Mississippi, New Jersey (Michael Lipsky and David J. Olson Papers, 1935-1981; Z: Accessions, M96-024, Box 1, Folder 6) (Clippings (information artifacts))
- Montgomery--Lucile Montgomery general correspondence, 1964-1966 (Lucile Montgomery papers, 1963-1967; Historical Society Library Microforms Room, Micro 44, Reel 2, Segment 31b) (Correspondence)