Charles Neblett

Original Civil Rights Movement Freedom Singer – Civil and Human Rights Activist. President and founder of Community Projects, Inc.

The songs spread our message,
The songs bonded us together,
The songs elevated our courage,
The songs shielded us from hate,
The songs forged our discipline,
The songs protected us from danger,
And it was the songs that kept us sane.

  • Chartered the group of the SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) Freedom Singers included Cordell Reagon, Rutha Harris, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Charles (Chuck) Neblett. Together they traveled the country, singing the songs that were composed on the picket lines, during sit-ins, and in jails, meetings and churches — using the music as motivator and organizing tool in the Civil Rights Movement
  • His journey  lead to 27 arrests, multiple beatings, and put him on stage with the likes of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Harry Belafonte and Joan Baez.
  • Charles Neblett’s voice can be heard on countless broadcasts documenting the Civil Rights Movement, including “Eyes on the Prize” and “We Shall Overcome.” He is also featured on the Smithsonian recording, “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs, 1960-1966.”
  • Guest performers for the “Celebration of Music for the Civil Rights Movement” at the White House, hosted by the first African American President and First Lady of the United States, President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. In October 2010, he was inducted in the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame and received the Freedom Flame Award in Selma, AL in March of the same year.
  • Charles continues his involvements as President and founder of a non-profit organization called Community Projects, Inc., which brings educational programs to the children of Logan County.