Gracie Hawthorn was a civil rights activist and because of her image being featured on the cover of Bobs M. Tusa’s book, The Faces of Freedom Summer, she became known as “the face of Freedom Summer”. She was integral in Freedom Summer of 1964 activities and was actively engaged in getting African Americans registered to vote.
Purvis and Eugene Short were star athletes and brothers. They both went on to play basketball in the National Basketball Association. Purvis played for 13 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets, while Eugene played two seasons with the New York Knicks and Seattle Supersonics.