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Charles D. Neblett, Russellville, Ky. (1941- ). African American. Mr. Neblett’s long career as a civil and human rights activist has taken him through more than 40 states and 50,000 miles as a member of The Freedom Singers, a legendary quartet that performed at the 1963 March on Washington and alongside other musicians Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary. Mr. Neblett helped form The Freedom Singers in 1962 under the direction of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which helped plan the March on Washington where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream Speech. Mr. Neblett began fighting for civil rights after the 1955 death of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was killed in Mississippi.
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