Charles Neblett In response to questions about Obama becoming the 44th president of the US, Charles Neblett said,"It frees a lot of white people. They could go out and vote for the most qualified person, who happened to be black." Musician Charles Neblett was a member of Gospel for Freedom and the Freedom Singers, musical acts associated with the civil rights movement. As a student at Southern Illinois University, he had worked on a voter registration drive. He later worked on similar efforts in Mississippi. "First time I went down there, I didn't think it was too bad. Then I looked at Mrs. Hamer's house and I saw all those double-aught buckshot holes. They beat us raw. When I look back at that, it kind of humbles me, that this work was not in vain." He later went into local politics, serving as a county commissioner in Logan County, Kentucky. "I don't think the country was any more ready now [for a black President] than it was ten years ago. What I think is that you can confront it now. That's why you saw so many people crying: because no matter how qualified, no matter how talented that man is, it actually happened."