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Uncle Tom
Uncle Tom's Prayer by Freedom Singer Cordell Hull Reagon
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: DA C
Father
Father's Grave (for Cordell Reagon)
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
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
Bernice Johnson Reagon & Vocal Group -  We Are Climbing Jacob
Bernice Johnson Reagon & Vocal Group - We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder
Published: 2015/09/07
Channel: Jan Hammer
Brown Baby
Brown Baby
Published: 2015/05/19
Channel: Cordell Reagon - Topic
Father
Father's Grave (For Cordell Reagon)
Published: 2017/11/19
Channel: Len Chandler - Topic
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Published: 2015/05/19
Channel: Charles Jones and Cordell Reagon - Topic
NYC Women Make It Here, Make It Happen: Merble Reagon
NYC Women Make It Here, Make It Happen: Merble Reagon
Published: 2011/03/01
Channel: NYC Media
The Freedom Singers - Woke Up This Morning
The Freedom Singers - Woke Up This Morning
Published: 2014/07/14
Channel: PrincessRadojka
"Guide My Feet"
"Guide My Feet"
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: texasvideomagic
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
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I'm Going To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: Len Chandler - Topic
Move on over by Len Chandler
Move on over by Len Chandler
Published: 2011/10/12
Channel: TryToEatMe
Your Dog Loves My Dog
Your Dog Loves My Dog
Published: 2015/05/19
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
To Be a Man
To Be a Man
Published: 2016/05/26
Channel: Len Chandler - Topic
No Easy Walk (
No Easy Walk ('61–'63) | America's Civil Rights Movement (4/14)
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: PANGEA
Thoughts on Len Chandler
Thoughts on Len Chandler
Published: 2010/08/31
Channel: Matthew Vaughan
Brown Baby- Andre Noel Solo at Woodbourne New York
Brown Baby- Andre Noel Solo at Woodbourne New York
Published: 2013/10/26
Channel: Figures in Flight Released
Father
Father's Grave
Published: 2014/07/17
Channel: Oscar Brand - Topic
♪♫ Chimes Of Freedom by Bob Dylan (Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica Cover)
♪♫ Chimes Of Freedom by Bob Dylan (Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica Cover)
Published: 2010/06/05
Channel: Ash Almond
More Good Men Going Down
More Good Men Going Down
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
Umm, Dasher you might want to see this...
Umm, Dasher you might want to see this...
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: DA C
The Times I
The Times I've Had
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
Oscar Brand (Song: Father
Oscar Brand (Song: Father's Grave)
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: vintagemusictv
Welcome, Welcome Emigranté
Welcome, Welcome Emigranté
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
Chapter 3 - Roots of the Community Land Trust
Chapter 3 - Roots of the Community Land Trust
Published: 2013/10/12
Channel: National Community Land Trust Network
Toshi Reagon & Bernice Johnson Reagon ~ A Song
Toshi Reagon & Bernice Johnson Reagon ~ A Song
Published: 2013/09/19
Channel: Llygadydydd
Cordell Brown
Cordell Brown
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: Brittany Christian
The Freedom Singers "Ain
The Freedom Singers "Ain't Gonna Let No Body Turn Me 'Round" | In Performance at the White House
Published: 2014/01/14
Channel: Yaroooh! for Kids | News - Magazine
Joe Jenks sings for Len Chandler at 2017 Folk Alliance, Kansas City, MO
Joe Jenks sings for Len Chandler at 2017 Folk Alliance, Kansas City, MO
Published: 2017/03/18
Channel: Steve Ramm
Keep your eyes on the prize.mov
Keep your eyes on the prize.mov
Published: 2011/03/20
Channel: Michael Eppolito
Links on the Chain
Links on the Chain
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
Christine
Christine
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
Bob Dylan ~ Chimes of Freedom ~ cover
Bob Dylan ~ Chimes of Freedom ~ cover
Published: 2009/12/11
Channel: Christian Dylan™
Carry It On
Carry It On
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
Ain
Ain't That News?
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: The Broadside Singers - Topic
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Cordell Hull Reagon (February 22, 1943 – November 12, 1996) was an American singer and activist. He was the founding member of The Freedom Singers of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a leader of the Albany Movement during the Civil Rights Movement.

Early life[edit]

Reagon was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and was named for Cordell Hull, the Secretary of State under President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1944. His powerful tenor voice spread the message of the civil rights movement throughout the United States and Canada in the 1960s.

Activism and music career[edit]

Reagon was 16 years of age in 1959 when he emerged as a leader of the civil rights movement in Albany, Georgia. James Forman, who became the executive secretary of SNCC, called him "the baby of the movement." Reagon, who was arrested more than thirty times in the South for his anti-segregation activities, conducted nonviolent training workshops for hundreds of volunteers who journeyed to the South to work on voter registration campaigns and other civil rights projects.

In 1962, at the encouragement of friend Pete Seeger, Reagon founded The Freedom Singers, a quartet of two men and two women who sang gospel-style freedom songs to rouse support for the civil rights movement. The songs brought the struggle for civil rights and its activities to a wide audience. The people involved were already singers—in church choirs, in schools, including his first wife, Bernice. Organizing the music simply tapped into the singing energy of the community and gave struggle a focus.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Reagon became active in the movements against the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons, and environmental destruction. From 1965 until 1988 he lived in New York City with his second wife, Merble Reagon and worked as an organizer for the Social Service Employees Union, Mobilization for Survival, was a youth worker for Mobilization for Youth and a career and vocational counselor. In 1988 he moved to Berkeley, where he founded the environmental group Urban Habitat and Urban Justice Organization.

Cordell Reagon remained an activist until his 1996 death at age 53 in his Berkeley, California, apartment, the victim of a still-unsolved homicide.

Personal[edit]

Reagon's two marriages—to Bernice Johnson Reagon of Albany, Georgia, and to Merble Harrington of New York, New York, ended in divorce. He is survived by his children, Toshi of Brooklyn, Kwan of Oakland, California, and Mariama of Manhattan. Reagon, who was the youngest of 14 children, is also survived by a brother and several sisters.

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