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Uncle Tom's Prayer by Freedom Singer Cordell Hull Reagon
Published: 2017/02/20
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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
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
The Freedom Singers - Woke Up This Morning
The Freedom Singers - Woke Up This Morning
Published: 2014/07/14
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keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Published: 2013/08/02
Channel: jinal007
No Easy Walk (
No Easy Walk ('61–'63) | America's Civil Rights Movement (4/14)
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: PANGEA
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
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Brown Baby- Andre Noel Solo at Woodbourne New York
Brown Baby- Andre Noel Solo at Woodbourne New York
Published: 2013/10/26
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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
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
Toshi Reagon & Bernice Johnson Reagon ~ A Song
Toshi Reagon & Bernice Johnson Reagon ~ A Song
Published: 2013/09/19
Channel: Llygadydydd
K-Bach - Civil Rights Movement REMIX (FREE DOWNLOAD)
K-Bach - Civil Rights Movement REMIX (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Published: 2015/02/14
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HD SEASONS IN THE SUN FINAL CUT (NSFW, NSFL)
HD SEASONS IN THE SUN FINAL CUT (NSFW, NSFL)
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: DA C
♪♫ 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
Thoughts on Len Chandler
Thoughts on Len Chandler
Published: 2010/08/31
Channel: Matthew Vaughan
Don
Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Published: 2017/02/19
Channel: DA C
Umm, Dasher you might want to see this...
Umm, Dasher you might want to see this...
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: DA C
Oscar Brand (Song: Father
Oscar Brand (Song: Father's Grave)
Published: 2014/12/05
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Move on over by Len Chandler
Move on over by Len Chandler
Published: 2011/10/12
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Keep your eyes on the prize.mov
Keep your eyes on the prize.mov
Published: 2011/03/20
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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
Bob Dylan ~ Chimes of Freedom ~ cover
Bob Dylan ~ Chimes of Freedom ~ cover
Published: 2009/12/11
Channel: Christian Dylan™
Cordell Brown
Cordell Brown
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: Brittany Christian
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
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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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