Charles E. Scattergood was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. During the early 1960s, he left the University of Washington to go to Indianola, Miss., where he worked in the civil rights movement. He participated in voter registration drives and became a staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
While working in Indianola Charles was incarcerated more than 10 times, received death threats, police beatings, and was dragged on the ground (even the house he lived in on Byas Street in Indianola, owned by Mrs. Irene Magruder, was bombed and burned).
Charlie spent some 18 months in the Mississippi Delta assisting in the voter registration project, and desegregation of public facilities in Indianola, Moorhead, Sunflower, Ruleville, Drew and Jackson.
Charles died in a car crash in Atlanta February 9, 1999. In November 2001, to commemorate his contributions in Sunflower County, a 56-unit apartment complex in Indianola, Charles Scattergood Villa, was dedicated in his honor.