1966 - What one family sacrificed to help black people vote
Vernon Dahmer was a black civil rights leader in the mid-1960s, when Mississippians were still required to pay a poll tax in order to register to vote. In January 1966, the successful farmer and businessman publicly offered to pay that tax for black people who couldn't afford it.
That night his house was firebombed by the Ku Klux Klan. His wife and three of his children were at home.