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"This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible"

Charles Cobb

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Charles Cobb, former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), recounts the possession and use of firearms by civil rights activists for self-protection during the 1950s and '60s.  The author examines the paradox between nonviolent activism and the role guns played in protecting activists and allowing the advancement of the civil rights movement.  Charles Cobb speaks at TurnRow Book Company in Greenwood, Mississippi.

About the Authors

Charles Cobb

Charles Cobb was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1962 to 1967.  He is a former staff writer for National Geographic magazine.   


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"This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible"

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Past Airings

  • Monday, September 29th at 5am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 24th at 1am (ET)
  • Saturday, August 9th at 1:45pm (ET)
  • Sunday, August 3rd at 10pm (ET)
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