Hartman Turnbow, along with Amzie Moore, first invited SNCC to send organizers into Mississippi to fight for voting rights. Turnbow was a farmer and fiery orator, and his words and acts inspired many all over Holmes County during the first stages of its civil rights activity. In April 1963, he went to the courthouse to register to vote among a group called the “First 14,”serving as spokesman when confronted by a hostile sheriff. His home was firebombed by nightriders, but he fired back and was arrested for arson of his own home.
Youth of the Rural Organizing and Cultural Center. Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South, an Oral History. Boulder: West View Press, 1991.