On September 24, MRC partnered with the Steps Coalition, the League of Women Voters, the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and the Biloxi NAACP to educate and register voters. The documentary, “Selma: Bridge to the Ballot Box” was used to educate citizens on African Americans’ long and often violent struggle to be awarded voting rights during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s in the US South, followed by a panel discussion related to the history of voting rights.

One attendee, Jackie Washington said, “We cannot make a change even here in Harrison County unless we’re registered to vote.”

“We hope by shedding some light on the history and the sacrifices that people made, that will energize people and help them realize what their vote means,” said Lea Campbell with the Mississippi Rising Coalition.