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Left: This 1965 photo provided by Maria Varela, shows striking farm workers as they are evicted from an abandoned Air Force Base in Greenville, Miss. The photo was taken by Varela, then a member of SNCC, and was one of the few Latinos involved in the black civil rights movement. Right: In this Aug. 21, photo, Varela, 73, discusses her role in the Civil Rights movement in Alabama and Mississippi and her photography, at her home in Albuquerque.

1963 march inspired Latinos in civil rights fight

August 28, 2013 • State News

AP Photos Left: This 1965 photo provided by Maria Varela, shows striking farm workers as they are evicted from an abandoned Air Force Base in Greenville, Miss. The photo was taken by Varela, then a member of SNCC, and was one of the few Latinos involved in the black civil rights movement. Right: In this Aug. 21, photo, Varela, 73, discusses her role in the Civil Rights movement in Alabama and Mississippi and her photography, at her home in Albuquerque.

AP Photos
This 1965 photo provided by Maria Varela, shows striking farm workers as they are evicted from an abandoned Air Force Base in Greenville, Miss. The photo was taken by Varela, then a member of SNCC, and was one of the few Latinos involved in the black civil rights movement. Right: In this Aug. 21, photo, Varela, 73, discusses her role in the Civil Rights movement in Alabama and Mississippi and her photography, at her home in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — As thousands of marchers made their way to the nation’s capital in August 1963 for what was officially billed as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Maria Varela stayed put in the Deep South with no plans to participate.

Many of her fellow activists in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee felt the march was largely symbolic and would do little to change things, Varela said. She continued her work in Alabama, and eventually moved on to Mississippi.

“A lot of us in SNCC did not support the march at the time,” said Varela, 73, who Login to read more

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