Charles Sherrod

Mr. Charles Sherrod

A Christian pacifist born in 1937, Charles Sherrod organized for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), becoming the first SNCC field secretary, as well as SNCC director of southwest Georgia. Sherrod helped convince SNCC activists that organizing among the grassroots was effective, respectful and appropriate. He understood the interconnection between identifying and addressing local, social needs and the progress of the Civil Rights Movement in the South, which was reflected in his deep and long-standing commitment to southwest Georgia. A strong supporter of racial integration, African American Sherrod left SNCC in 1967 when newly-elected SNCC director Stokely Carmichael began closing ranks to white SNCC members. In 1969, after receiving an M.A. in sacred theology from Union Theological Seminary, Sherrod and his wife Shirley helped pioneer the American land trust movement, founding New Communities, a collective farm in Southwest Georgia based on the Israeli kibbutz model. Sherrod currently teaches at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia.

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