Rev. Snow grew up in a small town in Illinois, where his father practiced medicine. After graduating the local high school, he attended Northwestern University in Chicago.
Rev. Snow didn't see very much racism growing up in his small town. Because of television though the whole country was aware of it. When he move off to college, Chicago was still seeing protest almost daily. He joined a student protest group to do what he could. At the time Northwestern was very progressive. Almost all of the students and faculty supported civil rights, which made it possible for people to join groups like these more easily than at some college. He was never a part of any sort of radical faction although I tried to convince him to say he was. He did his part though, spending countless hours handing out information to people or marching with his peers on campus and downtown Chicago. It should not surprise anyone that Rev. Snow is someone who takes ownership of a great deal of ethical responsibility. While at Northwestern he also became part of an mennonite community which believe in communal living. They shared a house and all possessions. This also allowed him to meet all sorts of people who needed a place to stay, like immigrants who's visas expired and even black panthers. He was there at the very beginning of this still ongoing communal living house just outside of Northwestern and is still in contact with a number of people he met there. To this day Rev. Snow attempts to be as involved as possible and still manages to be more involved than many who's age would make such things considerably easier or more likely. He's a part of the black lives matter movement in Chattanooga. He has many ideas on what would make for a more just, culturally aware society, chief among them seeming to be that we need more organizations run by minority leaders where white people are simply a support, similar to the way he acted in the late 60's and early 70's.