WINONA, MISSISSIPPI 1963 | June 9, 1963 Fannie Lou Hamer and several other activists stopped in Winona, Miss., on their way back from a voter registration workshop. They were arrested for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter and sent to jail where they were beaten. The damage done to Hamer’s eyes, legs, and kidneys would affect her for the rest of her life. She went on to organize some effective actions of the voter registration campaign, including "Freedom Summer" in 1964.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., center, leads a group of civil rights workers and Selma black people in prayer on Feb. 1, 1965 in Selma, Alabama after they were arrested on charges of parading without a permit. More than 250 persons were arrested as they marched to the Dallas County courthouse as part of a voter registration drive. (AP Photo/BH)