Charles M. Sherrod Credit: Department of Defense/Public Domain photo

A recent documentary on the “rebellious life” of Rosa Parks, a feature film on Emmett Till, and the death of the Rev. Charles Sherrod on Tuesday at his home in Albany, Georgia at 85 all are storied reminders of the Civil Rights Movement.

Most people know of Parks’ gallant stand in Montgomery and Till’s brutal murder in 1955, which sparked the movement—and an incident Parks said was on her mind when she took her bold action. But less is known about Minister Sherrod, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and its first field secretary.

Sherrod was among the members of SNCC who made sure theory and practice were applied in the fight to end racism and discrimination. Those ardent followers of the movement may recall segments of “Eyes on the Prize,” a remarkable documentary in which you can view Sherrod in the student “Freedom Singers” from Albany State College. Sherrod is also seen working the rural section of Georgia, a region where he focused his attention on his militancy and creating cooperative farms.

This is just a notice on his passing and later we will profile his significant contributions in a future profile. Even a lengthy obituary can’t capture the dedication he gave to liberating the oppressed in this country.

Presente, Rev. Sherrod you fought the good fight and left behind an equally formidable companion, Shirley, to continue the struggle. The two of you can be compared to other dauntless duos, and you will be missed.

As his wife said, “His life serves as a shining example of service to one’s fellow man.”

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