Cobb, Charles

Charles Cobb was a political activist in Springfield, Massachusetts, through his church, St. John’s United Church of Christ. His reputation for community organization led him to the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s when he worked on behalf of SNCC, the Greenville Student Movement, and various ecumenical rights-oriented organizations.

Cobb began organization efforts in Sharkey County through the help of Henry Sias, an elderly Issaquena County native, in 1964. Following the influential Blackwell v. Issaquena court decision, Cobb is credited with developing the idea of Freedom Schools – an alternative to traditional public education in Sharkey County and across the Delta.


“Racial Justice Advocate, Charles Cobb, Dies.”Barbara Powell. Worldwide Faith News.