J. Charles Jones

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J. Charles Jones
Born
Joseph Charles Jones

(1937-08-23)August 23, 1937
DiedDecember 27, 2019(2019-12-27) (aged 82)
Cause of deathSepsis caused from Alzheimer's disease
OccupationCivil rights activist and leader
OrganizationStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (co-founder)
MovementCivil Rights Movement

Joseph Charles Jones (August 23, 1937 – December 27, 2019) was an American civil rights leader and lawyer. He was the co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and chairperson of the SNCC's direct action committee.[1] Jones was born in Chester, South Carolina.[2]

He led and participated in several sit-in movements during the 1960s. He was chair of SNCC's direct action committee. In 1961 Jones joined the Freedom Riders driving from Atlanta, Georgia, to Birmingham, Alabama. He was later arrested in Montgomery, Alabama.

In 1966, Jones organized an activist organization called the Action Coordinating Committee to End Segregation in the Suburbs or ACCESS.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. The Digital Library of Georgia (2013). "Jones, Charles, 1937-". crdl.usg.edu. Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. "Charles Jones oral history interview 1, 2005 May 18". UNC Charlotte. J. Murrey Atkins Library. Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. Moore, David Aaron (January 22, 2011). "Stumbling Across a Hero". Charlotte Magazine. Archived from the original on February 24, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.