Charlton Heston (1923-2008) is associated with BEN-HUR, PLANET OF THE APES, opposition to the Vietnam War when he was younger, and with Ronald Reagan and the National Rifle Association when he was older.The latter overshadowed his active participation in the civil rights movement during the 1960s. In August 1963, for example, Heston took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
“I guess if I’d had any sense, I’d have been a little scared – but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do was kill me, and it kinda seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time since I could remember.” - Spoken by Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights and voting rights leader, on why she put her life in danger when she volunteered to register to vote. She later became a key organizer in the Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964.