Charlie Cobb On The Role Of Guns In The Civil Rights Movement

Jun 16, 2014

Charlie Cobb
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Award-winning journalist, former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Jacksonville resident, Charlie Cobb was at the center of the "Freedom Summer" of 1964.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal events in the civil rights movement.

In his new book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, Cobb explains that the movement’s cornerstone of non-violent resistance did not necessarily mean an unwillingness to use force to protect the activists who faced the threat of violence and death for standing up for equal rights.

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