Mississippi – An Emerging Democracy: Creating a Culture of Civic Participation among Formerly Oppressed Peoples within the United States

Mr. Rickey Cole
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This paper details the work of civil rights organizations, advocacy groups, political activists, educators, religious, civic, and social organizations, educational institutions, and NGOs to foster participation and civic engagement on the part of the formerly disenfranchised African American and other excluded minorities in the U.S. State of Mississippi since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Keywords: Civic Literacy, Empowerment, Mobilization, Voter Education, Grassroots organizing, Get Out the Vote, Community-building, Teach-in, Citizen Participation in Government, Community Outreach, Mass Action
Stream: Politics of Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Mississippi – An Emerging Democracy

Mr. Rickey Cole

President, Mississippi Policy Forum

Summary of Qualifications and Experiences Education and special skills. Attended Mississippi State University, majoring in political science (1984-87). Successfully completed Democratic National Committee advanced campaign training seminars. Competent in French language. Experienced researcher, writer, and editor. Experienced public speaker. Experienced administrator Employment. President, Mississippi Policy Forum (July 2004-present). Chairman, Mississippi Democratic Party (August 2001-July 2004). Manager, Cole Farms, Ovett, Mississippi (1988-2001). Campaign Staff, Wayne Dowdy for U.S. Senate (1988). Political Director, Guy Land for State Treasurer, (1987) Professional Involvement. Parliamentarian, Association of State Democratic Chairs (2003-2004). Member, Democratic National Committee Credentials Committee (2002-2004). Candidate for United States Senate (2000). Democratic National Committeeman (1998-2000). Chairman, Mississippi Association of County Democratic Chairs (1996-2004). Parliamentarian, Young Democrats of America (1993-95). Chairman, Jones County Democratic Executive Committee (1993-2004). Guest of President Bill Clinton at the White House (1998 and 1999). Guest of the Republic of China on Taiwan as a member of a delegation invited to enhance American understanding of Taiwan. Interacted with Vice President, Foreign Minister and other cabinet-level officials(2002). Guest of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco as a member of a bipartisan delegation of young political leaders. Interacted with Prime Minister Foreign Minister and other cabinet-level officials (2003. Member, 2000 and 2004 Mississippi delegations to Democratic National Convention.

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