Episode 4: Championing the Ballot

A conversation with Hasan Kwame Jeffries, PhD, history professor, author, and host of the Teaching Hard History podcast, about the Lowndes County Freedom Organization. As 1965 began, not a single soul among the 5,000 African Americans in Lowndes County were registered to vote. By the end of 1966, the Lowndes County voter rolls included nearly 3,000 African Americans. Learn how the Lowndes County Freedom Organization cracked Jim Crow.

Episode 4 poems by Ashley M. Jones:

“Poem for Revolution for Malcolm, Martin and All the Rest”

“All Y’all Really from Alabama?”

“Poem in Which I am Too Political to Read at Your School”

Read the book that inspired this conversation:

Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt

By Hasan Kwame Jeffries

(NYU Press, 2009)