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  • Maria Varela moved to Alabama in 1963 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

    Part of her job was to develop voter registration materials for black Southerners.
  • "Something of Our Own" was one of the first SNCC publications that used Varela's photography.

    It showcased the work of a successful okra co-operative in Mississippi, to inspire other black farmers throughout the region.
  • Visit PBS Black Culture Connection to read more stories about civil rights photographers and the images that changed the world.

    Words and photographs by Maria Varela
    Produced by Mirissa Neff

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