A joint project of the League of Women Voters of Mississippi and the Mississippi Library Commission, Valuing the Vote, received a mini-grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council on August 15th. The project’s goals are to enhance the public’s knowledge of the history of voting rights, especially for women and minorities, to register new voters, and to increase voter participation through the project.
Using the funds from the mini-grant, our project team has begun developing voter education kits containing a wealth of resources to enable libraries in Mississippi to use for voter education programs in the community. These kits will contain books, films, and promotional materials about the history and importance of voting. In addition, interviews are being conducted to collect personal stories of Mississippians gaining the right to vote. Videos of these interviews will be posted online on YouTube, Facebook, and the LWVMS Website. Also, lists of recommended speakers for leading public programs will be provided. At this time, two kits are currently being developed, Voting—Our Precious Right: Focus on Women and Voting—Our Precious Right: Focus on African Americans; additional kits may be developed in the future.
Many thanks to the scholars and community members who have volunteered for this important project:
- Byron D. Orey , Ph.D., Jackson State University
- Marvin King, Ph.D., University of Mississippi
- Eric Clark, Ph.D., Mississippi Community College Board
- Tracy C. Seabold, M.A., Mississippi Library Commission
- Martha Hudson, M.A., Mississippi College
- Tom Kersen, Ph.D., Jackson State University
- Noel Didla, M.A., Jackson State University
- Fran Leber, LWVMS Board Member
- Dierdre Payne, LWVMS Board Member
- Natalie Maynor, Ph.D., Mississippi State University (retired)
- Dick Johnson, M.A., Tougaloo College (retired)
To volunteer, contact co-presidents of LWVMS Gene Everitt and Kay Brodbeck at http://www.lwv-ms.org/contact.html.