Voting Rights

Timothy Whitelow, Period 6

Voting Rights

-Kennedy administration was troubled by non-violent methods.

-General Robert Kennedy was un-patient about them to focus on voter registration.

-In 1962 SNCC, CORE, and other groups created by the Voter Education Project to register southern African Americans to vote.

-The 24th Amendment banned states from taxing citizens to vote.

Freedom Summer

-College students volunteered to spend their summer registering African American to vote.

-Offered African American students much needed help in reading and math as well as instruction in black history and the civil rights movement.

-Besides educating children and registering voters, project workers hoped to start a freedom movement in Mississippi that would continue after the volunteers left.

-They were arrested for speeding in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and held in jail until evening.

-The Freedom Schools taught 3,000 students, and more than 17,000 African Americans in Mississippi applied to vote.

Political Organizing

-Most African American leaders wanted Johnson to defeat the republican candidate Barry Goldwater.

-A political party created in 1964 with the purpose of winning seats at the 1964 Democratic National Convention of the MFDP elected 68 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in august 1964

-An MFDP leader, presented her groups case. Her testimony was carried live on national television.

-Seat two members of the MFDP delegated and classify the rest as nonvoting "guest" of the convention.

Voting Rights Act

-About 600 Africans Americans began the 54-mile march just across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on the way out of Selma.

-After firing tear gas at the marchers, police attacked with clubs, chains, and electric cattle prods.

-Civil rights law that banned literacy tests and other practices the discouraged blacks from voting within three weeks more than 27,000 African Americans in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana registered to vote.