For a Voice and the Vote

For a Voice and the Vote

My Journey with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century

by Lisa Anderson Todd

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

468 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 34 b&w photos

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813147154
  • Published: January 2015


  • Paperback
  • 9780813177564
  • Published: July 2019



During the summer of 1964, hundreds of American college students descended on Mississippi to help the state's African American citizens register to vote. Student organizers, volunteers, and community members canvassed black neighborhoods to organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), a group that sought to give a voice to black Mississippians and demonstrate their will to vote in the face of terror and intimidation.

In For a Voice and the Vote, author Lisa Anderson Todd gives a fascinating insider's account of her experience volunteering in Greenville, Mississippi, during Freedom Summer, when she participated in organizing the MFDP. Innovative and integrated, the party provided political education, ran candidates for office, and offered participation in local and statewide meetings for blacks who were denied the vote. For Todd, it was an exciting, dangerous, and life-changing experience. Offering the first full account of the group's five days in Atlantic City, the book draws on primary sources, oral histories, and the author's personal interviews of individuals who were supporters of the MFDP in 1964.