Montgomery, AL – Charles E. Cobb Jr., will conduct a lecture and book signing at 12 p.m. Feb. 20 in Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum Auditorium, featuring his hot-off-the-press book On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail.
Mr. Cobb will give a second lecture, “Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Madonnas” at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, which is in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibit “Black Madonna.”
The event, sponsored by the University’s Black History Committee, is free and open to the public.
Beginning in his hometown Washington, DC, and traveling south Charles E. Cobb Jr. - a former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) - guides the reader through the southern Civil Rights Movement, highlighting over 400 significant sites.
ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM journeys to the places where pioneers of the movement marched over bridges, sat at lunch counters, gathered in churches, where they spoke, where they taught, where they were arrested, and where they lost their lives. Some of these pioneers are well-etched in the national memory: Rosa Parks, Marian Anderson and Martin Luther King. Some are lesser known, but their seemingly small contributions led to great change: Septima Clark, a South Carolina teacher who taught people to read so they could pass literacy requirements being used to restrict voter registration; Jimmie Lee Jackson, whose murder by a state policemen during a nighttime protest triggered the Selma-to-Montgomery Freedom March; Barbara Johns, a 16-year-old student in Farmville, Virginia, who organized a high school student council and strike committee which led to a legal challenge against segregated schools - one of the five cases that eventually affected the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.
Complete with street addresses to historic markers, first-person interviews, speeches, maps and 150 black-and-white photos, ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM is a valuable, practical travel guide to an essential piece of American history.
Charles E Cobb Jr., left Howard University in 1961 to work for SNCC in the Mississippi Delta. He originated the "Freedom School" proposal that became a crucial part of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. A founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Cobb has reported for NPR, PBS's Frontline, National Geographic, and WHUR Radio in Washington, D.C. A senior writer for AllAfrica.com, he is the coauthor of Radical Equations with civil rights organizer and educator Robert P. Moses.###
What others are saying about the book
“Charlie Cobb was in the heart of the Southern movement and one of its keenest observers. Now he takes us there on this exciting and inspiring tour. His book is rich with history, drama, and emotion.” –Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States
“Cobb brings alive America’s last good war and its many heroes, unsung as well as famous. From chapter to chapter, you are there.” –Hodding Carter II