William (“Bill”) Saunders Papers, circa 1950 – 2004


William (“Bill”) Saunders, a community and Civil Rights activist in Charleston, South Carolina, was an organizer and lead negotiator of the Charleston Hospital Strike of 1969. In 1970, Saunders established the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA) to address race-related community problems and provide assistance to community members in need. He also operated the AM radio station WPAL from 1972-1998.
The majority of the William (“Bill”) Saunders papers document Saunders’ civic involvement from the late 1960s onwards, including documents and manuscripts such as correspondence, meeting minutes, in addition to a small number of photographs regarding the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA), the WPAL radio station, American Cancer Society, and other civic organizations.
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.