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Poll PowerThe Voter Education Project and the Movement for the Ballot in the American South$
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Evan Faulkenbury

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652009

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652009.001.0001

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The Voter Education Project, 1962–1964

The Voter Education Project, 1962–1964

(p.57) Chapter Three The Voter Education Project, 1962–1964
Poll Power

Evan Faulkenbury

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores how the VEP empowered 129 separate African American voter campaigns during this period, spending over a million dollars, and registering 688,000 black southerners. This chapter argues that this surge of black voting power paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Wiley Branton led the VEP during this period, and their support, with philanthropic backing, energized thousands of black civil rights activists across the American South. This chapter chronicles how VEP money and support empowered grassroots movements across the South, and how the civil rights movement relied on the VEP.

Keywords:   Selma, Wiley Branton, Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), Albany Movement, Voters of Texas Enlist (VOTE), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Field Foundation, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), NAACP

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