Neblett, Charles D.(born: 1941)
Charles D. Neblett was a founding member of the group known as "The Freedom Singers." The quartet performed at the 1963 March on Washington, and decades later Neblett was one of the performers in the "Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement," an event that took place in 2010 with President Obama in attendance. The Freedom Singers formed in 1962 in Albany, GA, as part of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The original members were Cordell Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Charles Neblett (bass), and Ruth Mae Harris. Charles Neblett had been active in civil rights demonstrations in Cairo, IL before he joined The Freedom Singers in Albany, GA. Once the group was formed, they performed throughout the U.S., raising money for SNCC and educating communities about civil rights efforts. The original group broke up in 1963 and there were other members who continued to perform under the group name. Read more about The Freedom Singers at the New Georgia Encyclopedia website. Years later in Russellville, KY, Charles D. Neblett became the first African American magistrate, and he led in establishing the Logan County and Warren County Human Rights Commission. He is also a founder of the annual Martin L. King, Jr. March and the King Celebration that takes place in Logan County. For more information see "Charles D. Neblett" at the Hall of Fame 2010 website by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.