Public-education support is not a partisan issue; it is a Mississippi value. Give public schools the ballot so no child in this state will ever be denied the right to an adequate and equitable education again. Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

“Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

After Martin Luther King’s “Give Us the Ballot” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1957 and several tumultuous years of battles for civil rights, including the right for African Americans to vote, the United States passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965 that increased voter access by significant margins. Dr. King demanded the

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