From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Snorton, Charles C.

(born: 1908  -  died: 2000) 

Charles C. Snorton, born in Crofton, KY to Andrew and Maggie Johnson Snorton, was a civil rights leader in Cleveland, OH. Snorton was one of the first members of the Cleveland Future Outlook League, formed in 1935; one of its  goals was to encourage white business owners in predominately Black neighborhoods to hire African Americans. When talking did not work, members picketed and used economic boycotts.

According to Snorton's obituary, he is credited with integrating the Ohio Bell Telephone Co., the Cleveland Transit System, and trade union apprentice programs. A World War II veteran, he had been a chauffeur and a liquor store manager in Cleveland.

Snorton was an uncle of Matt Snorton, a gifted athlete and Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator.

For more see A. Baranick, "Charles Snorton, pushed white employers to hire blacks," Plain Dealer, 5/25/2000, Metro section, p. 9B.

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NKAA Entry: Snorton, Hickman Matthew "Matt"
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