Events

Voter Education Project in Madison

(1969) “Workshop Disruption in Madison Is Charged” “The Voter Education Project Thursday charged that a voter workshop in Canton, Miss. was disrupted by a Madison County, Miss. deputy sheriff. The Atlanta-based organization, which said the incidence occurred Wednesday, called on […]

Voter Registration in Benton County

(1960s) Walter Reaves, a citizen of Benton, along with others, urged people to become registered voters during the Civil Rights Movement. Cleanna Tipler, Loyal W. Thompson, Sr., and Henry Reaves were some of the first to register to vote in […]

Voter Registration in Carroll

(1960’s) The Voting Rights Act worked to counteract the harsh requirements of Mississippi’s 1890 Constitution. In The Voting Rights Act:the first months, the United States Commission on Civil Rights collected data from selected counties in Mississippi shortly after the Voting […]

Voter Registration in Covington

(1963-1964) Griffin McLaurin was with the second group of people who attempted to go to the courthouse to register to vote in May of 1963. Included in this group was Ozell Mitchell, Norman Clark, Dan Wesley, Roberta Clark, Shadrach “Crook”Davis, […]

Voter Registration in Panola

(1961-1966) Panola was the first County in Mississippi to begin Black Suffrage. The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division began field work in 1961 because nearly half the population was black, but no black citizens were registered to vote. By […]

Voting Registration in Panola County

(1961-1966) Panola was the first county in Mississippi to begin black suffrage. The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division began field work in 1961 because nearly half the population was black but with no black citizens were registered to vote. […]

Voting Rights Act in Jones County

(Jones County) (1965) After passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Laurel Leader Call reported that while 99.9 percent of whites in Jones County were registered to vote, only 8.8 percent of blacks were registered. By August 20, […]