Eric Morton worked in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1962-1966 in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina, where he was Materials Coordinator for the Mississippi Project, later known as Freedom Summer. He also served as Project Director for the North Carolina Project, which covered nine Black Belt counties. After this he worked to elect black officials including John Conyers and Ron Dellums to Congress and Coleman Young as mayor of Detroit. In 1968 he worked with a group of local activists to organize the 1969 National Black Economic Development Conference where James Forman presented his historic speech, "The Black Manifesto." In later years, Morton worked as an International Organizer for AFSCME organizeng hospital workers and housekeepers in northern California and UC Berkeley. Later, his academic career included the position of Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fort Valley State University of Georgia.