Uplift the Vote: Everyone Should Have a Voting Story
"Uplift the Vote: Everyone Should Have a Voting Story," is a dual exhibit on the importance of our most basic civil right – the right to vote. Explore through photographs, documents and reflections, how African Americans' demand for the right to vote in Fayette County, Tenn., in 1959 changed the lives of activists, the community and the nation through the exhibit.
About the "Uplift the Vote" Exhibit
Fayette County, Tenn., 1959: The African American community faces Jim Crow laws, intimidation and violence in their efforts to register to vote. The New York Times described the civil rights movement in Fayette County as "the longest sustained civil rights protest in the nation." During that movement, African Americans worked to increase registered voters and demanded fair elections, integration of public facilities and equal access to economic opportunities.
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change extends its sincere gratitude for the following sponsors of this exhibit: OMO Energy & Technology, Inc.; the UofM's African and African American History program, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Student Government Association, Department of Theatre & Dance and University of Memphis Libraries.
For information on displaying this exhibit, contact the Hooks Institute at 901.678.3974 or email us at email@example.com
Feb. 3 – Mar. 3 , 2020
Fayette County Public Schools, Central Administration Building, 10425 Hwy 76 S. Somerville, TN 38068 | Hosting Organization: Leadership Fayette
May 20 – June 27, 2019
Dunbar Carver Museum | 112 Hillcrest Dr., Brownsville, TN
Feb. 7 – Mar. 7, 2019
Fayette County Public Schools Central Administration Building, 10425 Hwy 76 S. Somerville, TN 38068 | Hosting Organization: Leadership Fayette
Sept. 18 – Nov. 12, 2018
Ned McWherter Library (Rotunda) | University of Memphis
- Header photo: Fayette County Civil Rights Activist Marching. Photo ©Art Shay, John and Viola McFerren leading protestors to the Fayette County, Tennessee Courthouse, March 1965.
- Photo 1: Uplift the Vote Exhihbit opening panel. Ned McWherter Library. Fall 2018
- Photo 2: Daphene R. McFerren (Hooks Executive Director) leads a UofM class through the Uplift the Vote Exhibit.
- Photo 3: Attendee views a panel from the Uplift the Vote exhibit at the Ned McWherter library. Fall 2018.