UML Campus Voices

The Voting Rights Act at 50: A Discussion with Charles Cobb & Judy Richardson

April 30, 2015
Introductions: Jacqueline Moloney, Executive Vice Chancellor
Moderator: Prof. Bob Forrant, History 

Charles Cobb: A journalist, professor, and former activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Charles Cobb is a senior analyst at allAfrica.com, and was a visiting professor at Brown University and Duke University. He is the author of This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. From 1962-1967 he served as a field secretary for SNCC in Mississippi. In 1976 he joined the staff of National Public Radio as a foreign affairs reporter, bringing to that network its first regular coverage of Africa. On July 24, 2008 the National Association of Black Journalists honored Cobb’s work by inducting him into their Hall of Fame. 

Judy Richardson: A documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist, Judy Richardson was Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Africana Studies at Brown University and is a visiting scholar at Duke University. A veteran of the southern Civil Rights Movement and early staff worker with SNCC, she began her film work with the Academy Award-nominated, 14-hour PBS series, Eyes on the Prize, for which she was Series Associate Producer and Education Director. She is a leading scholar with the SNCC Legacy Project and co- author of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.