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6 Neblett: Standing up to Fear
6 Neblett: Standing up to Fear
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
One More Kiss {Follies ~ Los Angeles, 2012} - Carol Neblett
One More Kiss {Follies ~ Los Angeles, 2012} - Carol Neblett
Published: 2013/01/13
Channel: Moonfall
Governor Wallace
Governor Wallace
Published: 2015/01/30
Channel: cathy fornatora
The NEW start
The NEW start
Published: 2015/06/14
Channel: Charles Neblett
935. If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus (Charles Neblett)
935. If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus (Charles Neblett)
Published: 2009/09/17
Channel: raymondcrooke
keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Published: 2013/08/02
Channel: jinal007
The Freedom Singers perform "We are Soldiers in the Army"
The Freedom Singers perform "We are Soldiers in the Army"
Published: 2010/02/16
Channel: Smithsonian Folkways
If You Miss Me From The Back Of The Bus
If You Miss Me From The Back Of The Bus
Published: 2008/01/19
Channel: SongsOfFreedomKids
Maurice "Reese" Neblett, Richmond PAL Boxing Team 165LBS. KO Victory 5/24/14
Maurice "Reese" Neblett, Richmond PAL Boxing Team 165LBS. KO Victory 5/24/14
Published: 2014/05/26
Channel: Hobby Wright
Start of channel
Start of channel
Published: 2014/10/18
Channel: Charles Neblett
If You Miss Me From The Back Of The Bus
If You Miss Me From The Back Of The Bus
Published: 2008/01/18
Channel: SongsOfFreedomKids
14 Neblett: Freedom Singers
14 Neblett: Freedom Singers
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
Mefistofele : Siepi - Carreras - Neblett - Guadagno
Mefistofele : Siepi - Carreras - Neblett - Guadagno
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Val Mar
Daniel Ruge, MD Interviewed by Phillip E. Williams Jr., MD and Charles R. Neblett, MD
Daniel Ruge, MD Interviewed by Phillip E. Williams Jr., MD and Charles R. Neblett, MD
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: AANSNeurosurgery
15 Neblett: Power of Singing as Protest
15 Neblett: Power of Singing as Protest
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
Charles E. Troland, MD interviewed by Harold Young, MD
Charles E. Troland, MD interviewed by Harold Young, MD
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: AANSNeurosurgery
8 Neblett: Singing in Jail
8 Neblett: Singing in Jail
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
7 Neblett: Being Arrested Multiple Times
7 Neblett: Being Arrested Multiple Times
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
11 Neblett: Don
11 Neblett: Don't Give Them Permission to Oppress You
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
18 Neblett: Physical Harm During Protesting
18 Neblett: Physical Harm During Protesting
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
13 Neblett: Freedom Summer
13 Neblett: Freedom Summer
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
Rosa Parks: The Power of One 2012
Rosa Parks: The Power of One 2012
Published: 2013/02/20
Channel: WOSU Public Media
Neblett, Beard & Arceneaux
Neblett, Beard & Arceneaux
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: nbrouillette1
Charles G. Drake, MD interviewed by Edward L. Seljeskog, MD
Charles G. Drake, MD interviewed by Edward L. Seljeskog, MD
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: AANSNeurosurgery
4 Neblett: Resistance to Segregation
4 Neblett: Resistance to Segregation
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
17 Neblett: Teaching Children
17 Neblett: Teaching Children
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
9 Neblett: Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
9 Neblett: Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
Mary Don
Mary Don't you Weep
Published: 2009/05/22
Channel: John Lee Sanders
1 Neblett: Mother
1 Neblett: Mother's Orders
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: nunncenter
3 Neblett: Education in a One Room School and Inspiring Teachers
3 Neblett: Education in a One Room School and Inspiring Teachers
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
12 Neblett: Strategies on Staying Safe While Protesting
12 Neblett: Strategies on Staying Safe While Protesting
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
10 Neblett: Black Voter Registration in Mississippi
10 Neblett: Black Voter Registration in Mississippi
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
16 Neblett: Getting Compensated as a Community Organizer
16 Neblett: Getting Compensated as a Community Organizer
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: nunncenter
5 Neblett: Faking a Scandal in College
5 Neblett: Faking a Scandal in College
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
ASM_Interview 36_Charles Neblett 4
ASM_Interview 36_Charles Neblett 4
Published: 2016/03/29
Channel: Michael Bond
2 Neblett: Reaction to Emmett Till
2 Neblett: Reaction to Emmett Till's Death and Joining the Movement
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: nunncenter
ASM_Interview 36_Charles Neblett 2
ASM_Interview 36_Charles Neblett 2
Published: 2016/03/29
Channel: Michael Bond
ASM_Interview 36_Charles Neblett 3
ASM_Interview 36_Charles Neblett 3
Published: 2016/03/29
Channel: Michael Bond
Rise Up Singing: If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus
Rise Up Singing: If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus
Published: 2010/04/28
Channel: Matthew Vaughan
Eddie Neblett- Can
Eddie Neblett- Can't Bring Me Down
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: Island Jammers
Eddie Neblett- Stepping Out
Eddie Neblett- Stepping Out
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: Island Jammers
Eddie Neblett- River
Eddie Neblett- River
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: Island Jammers
Janice Charles- Give Me a Forgiving Heart
Janice Charles- Give Me a Forgiving Heart
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: Island Jammers
Lafayette Injury Lawyer -  Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport & More
Lafayette Injury Lawyer - Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport & More
Published: 2010/10/28
Channel: Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
Oedipe (Enescu) Xavier Depraz  - Rita Gorr - Charles Bruck
Oedipe (Enescu) Xavier Depraz - Rita Gorr - Charles Bruck
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Val Mar
Mary Don
Mary Don't You Weep Part 1 and 2 - The Caravans
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: althazarr
Eddie Neblett- Word Up
Eddie Neblett- Word Up
Published: 2012/08/17
Channel: Island Jammers
oh mary don
oh mary don't you weep no more - Bruce Springsteen
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: Σπυριδούλα Παπαδάτου
2400. Oh, Mary, Don
2400. Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep (Traditional American) with Axel
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: raymondcrooke
Neblett, Beard & Arseneaux...kinda
Neblett, Beard & Arseneaux...kinda
Published: 2009/11/01
Channel: coachsalling
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Charles "Chuck" Neblett (born 1941) is a civil rights activist best known for helping to found and being a member of The Freedom Singers.[1][2][3]

Early life and activism[edit]

Neblett hails from Cairo, Illinois.[2] He took an interest in the Civil Rights Movement from a young age. His first awareness of the Movement was noticing that the schools he and his fellow African Americans attended received inferior funding to white schools.[3] When Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, the news profoundly affected Neblett.[3][4] It was in light of this tragedy that he realized as a black American he "had no rights that white people would respect."[3] He was the same age as Till at the time: fourteen. He knew then that he had to be a part of the Movement. "It was like I got religion." Neblett said.[3] Neblett attended Southern Illinois University. There he had his first chances to be involved in fighting for Civil Rights when he was recruited by the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He met with success when he protested the discrimination in housing at the university. He took his complaints to the University President, and the President made changes the very next semester. Neblett said it was after this "I realized we could make a difference." [3]

The Freedom Singers[edit]

The Freedom Singers were a creation of SNCC, and the group's goals were the same as its parent organization's.[5] They were formed in Albany, Georgia two years after SNCC, in 1962, with four original members. Neblett sang bass, performing with soprano Rutha Mae Harris, alto Bernice Johnson (now Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon), and tenor Cordell Reagon.[6] The first tour was planned by SNCC and lasted from December 1962 to August 1963.[7] The group's schedule was a busy one, and they sometimes sang as many as three concerts a day. Their venues included parties, churches, protest marches, universities, and even jails all over the nation.[4] The Freedom Singers were valuable to SNCC as one of their most successful fundraisers, but being a member was not always safe. Even in the north they sometimes ran into violent opposition, including Klan demonstrations during concerts.[5]

The group's repertoire consisted of freedom songs that had been written or adapted for the movement, including "We Shall Overcome", "We Shall Not be Moved", and "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize".[6] After the tour, the original group disbanded and was carried on by others. Beyond the 1980s the original four reunited to sing several times. The singers remained lifelong friends.[4]

As a member of the Freedom Singers, Neblett traveled through more than forty states and 100,000 miles, traveling mostly by station wagon.[citation needed] In 1963, the group performed at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.[6]

Other civil rights involvement[edit]

Neblett was a SNCC field secretary 1961–1966.[1] In 1964, he was part of a delegation that an Atlanta conference to which Alabama governor George Wallace and Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett had come to renew their commitment to preserving segregation with other southern leaders. Upon entering the stadium the group realized that the "conference" was actually a meeting of Klan leaders. Charles Neblett, Carol Ableman, and Matt Jones were separated from the rest of the group and surrounded.Neblett attempted to escape by climbing over the fence, but the crowd reached him began hitting him with their metal chairs. Police officers refused to put a stop to the violence. Ableman, who was white, escaped without injury, but Neblett and Jones were injured and they were taken to the emergency room in a police van.[5]

In all Neblett was arrested 27 times for his involvement. In jail he suffered much inhumane treatment, putting up with rotten food, beatings, and uncomfortably high temperatures. During this time he found strength in singing, and even composed while he was incarcerated.[1]

He has worked in the so-called "Black Bottom" neighborhood in Russellville Kentucky, preserving homes of black Civil War veterans, and helping young people to research their Civil War ancestors. He served as the first black elected magistrate in Logan County, Kentucky.[4]

Family[edit]

Charles and his wife Marvinia have four children, Khary, Kwesi, Komero and Kesi.[8] Charles' brother, Chico Neblett, was also involved in non-violent protest in Illinois.[5]

Contributions in later life[edit]

He was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2010.[9] That same year he was present at the 44th Annual Folklife festival at the Smithsonian. In 2014, he was a guest of President Barack Obama at the White House. Neblett was among many notable performers and sang with Rutha Mae Harris, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Bernice and Cordell Reagon's daughter, Toshi. By this time, Cordell Reagon had died. Neblett also helped Michelle Obama run a workshop for approximately 200 children, among whom were Sasha and Malia Obama. Neblett was impressed with his reception at the White House, saying that he "realized the work done in the past was actually respected."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Asim, Jabari (May 17, 2004). "Charles Neblett, Fighting for Our Rights". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Music: Freedom Singers". Bernice Johnson Reagon. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Former Freedom Rider recalls civil rights movement at UW-W." Janesville Gazette [Janesville, WI] September 28, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. November 6, 2015. Web.
  4. ^ a b c d "Russellville's Charles Neblett: Founding Member of the Freedom Singers". WKU radio. February 11, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Seeger, Pete, and Bob Reiser. Everybody Says Freedom. W.W. Norton and Company Inc., New York, New York,1989. Print.
  6. ^ a b c "SNCC Freedom Singers 1962-1966". BlackPast.org. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ Paige Rose, Leslie. (2007). The Freedom Singers of the civil rights movement: Music functioning for freedom. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 25(2), 59.
  8. ^ a b "Neblett a Special Guest at the White House" The Loga Journal February 10, 2010. November 6, 2013. Web.
  9. ^ "Announcing 2010 Inductees to KY Civil Rights Hall of Fame". Kentucky.gov. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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