CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Civil Rights leader Charles Jones has passed away at age 82, WBTV learned Friday morning. Jones was an organizer of the sit-in movement that was carried out in 1960 at Charlotte’s Johnson C.Smith University.
His funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at the chapel on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.
“Charles Jones was a student leader at JCSU who lead a number of sit-ins and even served hard time after an arrest for trespassing while trying to integrate an all-white lunch counter in nearby Rock Hill, SC. He shared his views on the march with our staff,” JCSU posted online with a link of Jones speaking.
Jones is survived by his wife and several children.
The funeral is open to the public, and there will be speakers including WBTV’s Steve Crump and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles.