Charles Sherrod (born 1937) was a key member and organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement. He became the first SNCC field secretary and SNCC director of southwest Georgia. His leadership there led to the Albany Movement. He also participated in the Selma Voting Rights Movement and in many other arenas of the 1960s movement era.
A supporter of racial integration, he recruited white as well as black members to assist with voter registration efforts. In 1967, he left the SNCC after recently elected chairman Stokely Carmichael expelled white members. He moved north, to New York City, where he received his master's degree in sacred theology from the Union Theological Seminary. He then returned home to direct the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education. In 1969, Sherrod, his wife Shirley, and some other members of the Albany Movement helped pioneer the land trust movement in the U.S., co-founding New Communities, a collective farm in Southwest Georgia modeled on kibbutzim in Israel. He served as an elected member of the Albany City Council from 1976 to 1990.
References and footnotes
- "This Far by Faith," PBS Series
- Entry on "Charles Sherrod" in The Black Past
- Bachman, Megan (July 29, 2010). "Antioch alumna draws spotlight". Yellow Springs News.
- Witt, Susan; Swann, Robert (1996). "Land: Challenge and Opportunity". In Vitak, William; Jackson, Wes. Rooted in the land: essays on community and place. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. p. 246. ISBN 0-300-06961-8. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
- "SNCC 50th anniversary planning committee"
- "Sherrod, Charles", Black Past
- "The civil rights heroism of Charles Sherrod", Salon, July 22, 2010
- "Sherrods Tell Black Press Where America Must Go From Here", Black Voice News, July 26, 2010
- One Person, One Vote Profile