In the third piece of AP’s “Looking For America” road trip series, New York enterprise photographer Maye-E Wong, Chicago video journalist Noreen Nasir and Minneapolis-based enterprise reporter Tim Sullivan looked at the circumstances faced by Mississippi’s Black voters.
The highly evocative package was framed in the context of the “Mississippi Burning” murders of three civil rights activists in 1964 – and it found that too little has changed. The AP team saw the issue through the eyes of a now-elderly activist who was close to two of the murder victims more than 50 years ago. They reported that while poll taxes and tests on the state constitution may be gone, Black voters still face obstacles such as state-mandated ID laws and the disenfranchisement tens of thousands of former prisoners.
The text, photos and video, with digital presentation by multimedia journalist Samantha Shotzbarger, perfectly captured the frustration that so many decades later, Black voters are still challenged by the state.
The work was highlighted in a long entry in Politico’s Playbook, and attracted attention in the U.S. and internationally.