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Voter Education Animation Project
Voter Education Animation Project
Published: 2010/03/08
Channel: bagongbotante
Voter Education Project
Voter Education Project
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: Tamara DeBarr
Voter Education Project
Voter Education Project
Published: 2010/11/01
Channel: Lindy961
Voter Education
Voter Education
Published: 2015/03/29
Channel: ODI Media
iPACE Voter Education project, 2015 Term Two
iPACE Voter Education project, 2015 Term Two
Published: 2015/05/29
Channel: IPACE Myanmar
Get Equal TX Voter Education Project shot by Cd Kirven
Get Equal TX Voter Education Project shot by Cd Kirven
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: cdkirven
Silencing Voter Education by Jerry Guiltner
Silencing Voter Education by Jerry Guiltner
Published: 2014/02/08
Channel: Dave Flang
Voter Education Project Gun Control
Voter Education Project Gun Control
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: Carly E Craft
Voter Education Project - National Debt, Deficit, and Sequester
Voter Education Project - National Debt, Deficit, and Sequester
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: mike dee
Voter Education Summit 2016
Voter Education Summit 2016
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Walter Washington
Voter Education - 2016
Voter Education - 2016
Published: 2016/08/01
Channel: CDD Ghana
KOZACHUK VOTER EDUCATION
KOZACHUK VOTER EDUCATION
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: Bethany Kozachuk
Get Equal TX Voter Education Project - Part 2 - Shot by Cd Kirven
Get Equal TX Voter Education Project - Part 2 - Shot by Cd Kirven
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: cdkirven
Organizing Your Voter Education Forum
Organizing Your Voter Education Forum
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: DOnet DOnetwork
UNDP Supports Voter Education in Cambodia
UNDP Supports Voter Education in Cambodia
Published: 2015/08/09
Channel: Switchcomms
Voter education - 26/11/2016
Voter education - 26/11/2016
Published: 2016/11/26
Channel: TV3 NETWORK LIMITED GHANA
Voter education Launch
Voter education Launch
Published: 2012/10/01
Channel: KTN News Kenya
Voter
Voter's Education: Do's and Don'ts
Published: 2016/02/27
Channel: banannenah_ jarin
Voter Education
Voter Education
Published: 2014/02/20
Channel: ICA COMELEC
DC WELCOME YONECO PROJECT ON ISSUE BASED VOTER EDUCATION
DC WELCOME YONECO PROJECT ON ISSUE BASED VOTER EDUCATION
Published: 2013/12/20
Channel: Youth Net Counselling
What Is Voters Education?
What Is Voters Education?
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: Ask Question
Voter Education Video - (Part-1)
Voter Education Video - (Part-1)
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: FNF Myanmar
What Is Voters Education?
What Is Voters Education?
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: sparky rules
Women Voters - Kyrgyzstan Voter Education Spot #2, Parliamentary Elections 2015
Women Voters - Kyrgyzstan Voter Education Spot #2, Parliamentary Elections 2015
Published: 2015/11/18
Channel: International Republican Institute
Ron Paul- Voter Education
Ron Paul- Voter Education
Published: 2008/02/03
Channel: unite4revolution
Civic and Voter Education Training (Myanmar) Vol - 1
Civic and Voter Education Training (Myanmar) Vol - 1
Published: 2015/08/10
Channel: FNF Myanmar
WWJD on Voter Education, part 1
WWJD on Voter Education, part 1
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: WWJDph
Internet Voting Voter Education Video 2014
Internet Voting Voter Education Video 2014
Published: 2014/09/05
Channel: Rob Armstrong
Video: CAIR-Florida Calls on Election Official to Cancel Islamophobic ‘Voter Education’ Presentation
Video: CAIR-Florida Calls on Election Official to Cancel Islamophobic ‘Voter Education’ Presentation
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: I Hooper
INEC
INEC's Director Of Voter Education Explains How They Ensure Free & Fair Elections Pt. 3
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: Channels Television
Elections 2015 #OurVotesCount Voter Education
Elections 2015 #OurVotesCount Voter Education
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: #OurVotesCount
Project Video Report CNIC Voter Education through Street Theater
Project Video Report CNIC Voter Education through Street Theater
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: CHANAN Pakistan
GE13 Voter Education - Versi BM
GE13 Voter Education - Versi BM
Published: 2013/04/29
Channel: rakyat101
Georgia T-Splost Voter Education 5 of 5
Georgia T-Splost Voter Education 5 of 5
Published: 2012/04/06
Channel: nocomprehensiveplan
Voter Education - Part V
Voter Education - Part V
Published: 2014/03/25
Channel: CSC Gujarat
CREATIVE REWARD PROJECT ACTIVITY PICTURES ON COMMUNITY LEVEL VOTER EDUCATION AND DIRECT DISCUSSIONS
CREATIVE REWARD PROJECT ACTIVITY PICTURES ON COMMUNITY LEVEL VOTER EDUCATION AND DIRECT DISCUSSIONS
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: GLOWA GHANA
APAPA-11th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum-Molly Munger
APAPA-11th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum-Molly Munger
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: Civic Leadership Forum
CREATIVE REWARD PROJECT ACTIVITY PICTURES ON COMMUNITY LEVEL VOTER EDUCATION AND DIRECT DISCUSSIONS
CREATIVE REWARD PROJECT ACTIVITY PICTURES ON COMMUNITY LEVEL VOTER EDUCATION AND DIRECT DISCUSSIONS
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: GLOWA GHANA
Voter
Voter's Education: Registration
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: CNN Philippines
Voter
Voter's education
Published: 2013/04/09
Channel: Cebu Daily News Inquirer Publications Inc.
INEC
INEC's Director Of Voter Education Explains How They Ensure Free & Fair Elections Pt. 2
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: Channels Television
Pierce County Voter Education
Pierce County Voter Education
Published: 2012/07/19
Channel: Pierce County Auditor
Get Equal TX Voter Education Protest - Outside Voting Precinct 3008 - Dallas County Court...
Get Equal TX Voter Education Protest - Outside Voting Precinct 3008 - Dallas County Court...
Published: 2013/05/11
Channel: cdkirven
IEBC Voter Education Campaign
IEBC Voter Education Campaign
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: Mobile Digital Screens
Phase2-Voter Education Campaign
Phase2-Voter Education Campaign
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: KernMarketingGroup
Voter
Voter's Education-DB
Published: 2009/10/15
Channel: tian014
Voter Education Brigade - The Soapbox - Episode: 140528
Voter Education Brigade - The Soapbox - Episode: 140528
Published: 2014/06/10
Channel: The Soapbox
APAPA Event CSUS Voters Education and Candidates Forum 9.26.10-1.wmv
APAPA Event CSUS Voters Education and Candidates Forum 9.26.10-1.wmv
Published: 2010/10/02
Channel: originalmrchow
2016 Voters Education & Candidates Forum
2016 Voters Education & Candidates Forum
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: APAPAHQVideos
Motivation to Vote - Kyrgyzstan Voter Education Spot #7, Parliamentary Elections 2015
Motivation to Vote - Kyrgyzstan Voter Education Spot #7, Parliamentary Elections 2015
Published: 2015/11/18
Channel: International Republican Institute
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Voter Education Project (VEP) raised and distributed foundation funds to civil rights organizations for voter education and registration work in the southern United States from 1962 to 1968.[1] The project was federally endorsed by the Kennedy administration in hopes that the organizations of the ongoing Civil Rights Movement would shift their focus away from demonstrations and more towards the support of voter registration.[1]

Background[edit]

Starting in 1960, the explosion of student-led activism of sit-ins, and Freedom Rides during the Civil Rights Movement created a public relations and foreign policy embarrassment for the Kennedy administration. In the early 1960s, Asian and African nations were liberating themselves from generations of racist colonial rule, and both the U.S. and Soviet Union were fiercely competing with each other in a cold war struggle for the support of these new nations. The worldwide news stories, photos, and TV images of racist brutality, burning buses, and police suppression of Black civil rights undercut the State Department's effort to convince Asian and African nations to align themselves with Free World camp in international affairs.[2]

Founding[edit]

Believing that the flood of negative news stories about race-relations in America were caused by the wave of student protests, President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy urged civil rights leaders and organizations to engage in voter registration rather than nonviolent direct-action demonstrations. Unofficially, they convinced several non-profit foundations to fund voter registration work in the South.[3] The Taconic, Field, New World, and Stern Family foundations agreed to contribute significant funds. To raise, administer, and distribute the money, the NAACP, CORE, SCLC, and SNCC formed the Voter Education Project (VEP) under the auspices of the non-profit Southern Regional Council (SRC).[1]

Activities[edit]

Vernon Jordan working on a voter education project at the Southern Regional Council in 1967.

Following the Albany Movement, the VEP had registered close to 500 voters in Albany, Georgia within a period of two weeks. The group struggled in its early period and in early 1963, the SCLC was almost suspended from the organization due to inadequate reports about the group's funding.[1] By the end of 1964, however, the VEP distributed close to $900,000 (equal to $5,700,000 in 2006 dollars) to civil rights groups doing voter registration in the South and almost 800,000 new Black Southern voters were added to the rolls.[1] Following the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it was reported that VEP-funded registration drives succeeded in registering an additional 175,000 new black voters.[1]

The VEP continued funding voter registration, education, and research efforts in the South until 1968 under subsequent directors Randolph Blackwell, Vernon Jordan, John Lewis and Ed Brown.

Effect[edit]

The VEP helped make great inroads in the registration of voters, especially in rural areas.[1] Contrary to the initial hopes of the Kennedy administration, the VEP did not reduce the violent realities of resistance to integration found in the South and highlighted by news stations around the world. In the Deep South, white resistance to Black voting rights turned out to be even more violent than their opposition to integrating lunch counters and bus depots. Instead of diminishing, news stories of police repression, brutality, bombings, and murders increased as white political leaders, the Ku Klux Klan, and White Citizen Councils used arrests, terrorism, and economic retaliation to prevent Blacks from voting.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g The Voter Education Project, King Research & Education Institute ~ Stanford University.
  2. ^ Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy, by Mary L. Dudziak.
  3. ^ Parting the Waters: American in the King Years 1954-63, by Taylor Branch.

External links[edit]

  • Voter Education Project ~ Civil Rights Movement Veterans
  • [1] ~ Evan Faulkenbury, "Education as Activism: The Voter Education Project in the Civil Rights Movement," Process, March 9, 2017.


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