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Charles E. Cobb Jr.

Veteran civil rights activist, journalist and author Charles E. Cobb Jr. will be the featured speaker March 14 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Veteran civil rights activist, journalist and author Charles E. Cobb Jr. will be the featured speaker March 14 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Photo by Stephen Wilson.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Veteran civil rights activist, journalist and author Charles E. Cobb Jr. will be the featured speaker March 14 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Cobb was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s civil rights struggle in the Mississippi Delta that included the 1964 Freedom Summer movement. The movement was aimed at increasing education opportunities and voting rights for black people in Mississippi.

He will discuss the impact of peaceful protests in a lecture drawn from his book "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible."

His appearance is part of the 2019 Freedom 55 lecture series marking the Freedom Summer's 55th anniversary. Hundreds of student volunteers trained in Oxford, Ohio, for their service in Mississippi.

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