Winson Hudson

Winson Hudson first tried to register to vote in 1937, and was one of the first to succeed twenty-five years later. At one attempt, she pushed through a crowd of men cursing and blocking the registrar’s door. While she filled out the application, a man gave her a card with two big red eyes on it saying, “The eyes of the Klan are upon you. You have been identified by the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.” They later firebombed her home for her protest activities. Despite the setbacks, she continued her activism throughout her life. She and her sister Dovie joined forces with Medgar Evers and established a county branch of the NAACP and later pushed for the first desegregation lawsuit. She was honored with the NAACP’s Freedom Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Second Congressional District Unsung Hero Award. She is featured in Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders and in Pieces from the Past in an essay written by her grandson Kempton Horton who remembers details of her life and her positive influence on him and others in the family.