The full text of "Give Us the Ballot" is available on the Martin Luther King, Jr. website at Stanford University (, use Stanford Search and type in "Give Us The Ballot") and additional information may be obtained from the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia. The other principle feature articles are penned by original Project Director Avril Madison of Washington State University and Oral Historian Dr. Marsha Darling of Columbia University. Madison’s "Documenting the African American Experience; The Voting Rights Act Oral History and Documentation Project" and Darling’s "What ‘s Oral History Got to Do With Understanding Voting Rights: Reflections on the Methodology of the Voting Rights Act Documentation Project" focus more specifically on the development and implementation of the Documentation Project and the importance of oral history to scholarly research.

Thomas C. Battle, Ph.D.
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Howard University










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